Parolee Evan Ebel ‘murdered’ corrections chief, official report says

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DENVER -- The Texas Ranger report spells it out on the first page, saying evidence shows Colorado parolee Evan Ebel “murdered” Colorado Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements and Denver pizza delivery man Nathan Leon.  It concludes Clements' murder was “ordered by the hierarchy of the 211 prison gang.”

All the evidence in the report was sent to Colorado law enforcement three years ago, but Denver and El Paso County officials still call the deaths open and active investigations.

The Texas Rangers launched the investigation in March 2013 after Ebel shot an officer in that state, and then died in a shootout with other deputies. The 77-page report details numerous cellphone and contacts between Ebel and other 211 gang members in the days before and after the deaths.

According to the report, a confidential informant told investigators he knew “through direct communication” that 211 gang member James Lohr “ordered the murder of Clements.”  He told the informant, “I had (Ebel) do it.”

The Texas report also reveals new information about evidence found in the black Cadillac that Ebel was driving, evidence that could point to a much bigger, violent plot.

They found pipe bombs and bomb-making materials, with fingerprints and DNA from several unidentified people. They found electronic detonating devices and timers, walkie talkies, face masks and zip ties.

Also in the car, there was a shovel with what appeared to be human hair, bloody clothes, the pizza man’s uniform and a pizza box. Another find: What has been described as a hit list, including “directions to various Colorado officials’ residences, including Clements.”

No one is publicly releasing the names of the people on the hit list. But sources said at the time that several Colorado officials were provided with extra security. Some were connected to the case of Saudi Arabian inmate Homaidan al Turki.

Clements had just denied al Turki’s request to be set free in Saudi Arabia and sources said one theory was Ebel and the 211 gang might have been hired to kill Clements.

Denver police said the Leon murder case is complex and it cannot release any information on it because that could impact an ongoing investigation by another agency.

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