Accused Clements killer Ebel had early, troubled past

Saudi Arabian inmate now being investigated for possible connection to shooting death

DENVER, Colo. - The accused killer of former Columbia resident Tom Clements started to have run-ins with the law at an early age, according to Department of Corrections documents.

KUSA-TV in Denver reported in a copyrighted story Friday that documents its 9 Wants to Know team obtained showed investigators had searched Ebel's home just four hours before Clements' murder because Ebel had failed to check in with a parole officer for days.

The records also show Ebel's long history of drug use, starting when he was just 10 years old. They paint a picture of a rebel both in court and in prison. Ebel signed one document instead with "Kiss My White [expletive.]"

But another name showed up in the documents related to Clements, obtained by 9News.

Homaidan al-Turki is a Saudi Arabian native, in prison in Colorado for sexual abuse. Documents show he has a large prison bank account, approaching $7,000.

Investigators have said they want to know if he could have bankrolled the 211 Crew white supremacist gang suspected in Clements' murder.

Just days before his death, KUSA reports Clements had denied al-Turki's motion to transfer the rest of his prison sentence to Saudi Arabia.

Stay with ABC 17 News and for continuing coverage of the shooting death of Tom Clements.

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