facebook
twitter
search
search

Saudi prisoner investigated in Colo. prison chief's death

April 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

DENVER, April 30 (UPI) -- Police in Colorado said a Saudi may have been involved in the slaying of prisons chief Tom Clements, who had denied the man's petition to be sent back home.

FBI investigators have interviewed Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi national serving eight years to life at Limon Correctional facility, as well as his associates, The Denver Post reported Monday.

Al-Turki is in prison for keeping a housekeeper as a virtual slave and sexually assaulting her.

Investigators are looking at possible financial transactions between al-Turki and members of white supremacist gang 211 Crew, of which Evan Ebel, the main suspect in Clements' killing, was a member, the newspaper said. Police are investigating whether al-Turki paid the 211 Crew to protect him.

A source told the Post al-Turki "has tons of money" he transfers "from account to account" through operatives outside the prison.

Investigators are also examining commissary records and phone conversations.

Al-Turki's lawyer, Hal Haddon, said the suggestion his client was involved in the death of Clements is "outrageous."

"He's been in prison seven years," Haddon said. "He is not a man of great means. He was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado."

Al-Turki's legal team filed a lawsuit April 8 in Denver District Court saying the Saudi man had been isolated and mistreated in prison since Clements' death.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Report: Clinton Foundation subpoenaed by State Dept. watchdog over charity projects
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting