Evan Ebel's feces-smeared prison records and straw-purchase controversy
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Now, however, we're learning more about physical evidence from his car, including bomb-making equipment and letters from someone named "Nate."
This last discovery is one particularly fitted to fuel conspiracy theories, since Leon was known by his friends and loved ones by that name. However, there's been no suggestion from anyone that Leon was anything other than an innocent victim of a senseless crime that may have been committed simply so that Ebel could obtain a Domino's jacket with which he could convince Clements to open the door of his home in Monument last week -- after which he was immediately shot in the chest.
Thus far, officials in Texas, where Ebel was shot to death by law enforcers after opening fire on a deputy and leading officers on a wild car chase, have not talked about clues that specifically tie the troubled son of Jack Ebel, Governor John Hickenlooper's longtime friend, to the Leon murder -- and that's true of Colorado authorities as well. But we know there are links between a gun used in the shootout with Texas officers and the Clements killing from this statement from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office:
The Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab has completed the analysis of shell casings collected in Texas by El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigators. The analysis done by ballistics experts has concluded the gun used by Evan Ebel in Texas was the same weapon used in the shooting death of Tom Clements. The confirmation goes well beyond acknowledging the same caliber and brand of ammunition being used, but rather is based on unique, and often microscopic markings left on the casings at both scenes.Other items found in the car, and cataloged in a Texas document referenced by CBS4 are equally intriguing. They include what's described as bomb-making equipment, black powder, surveillance cameras, a digital voice recorder and, in a black backpack containing some paperwork, including the aforementioned letters, handwritten directions and Department of Corrections documents.
The latter could be something as simple as discharge releases. But the mere fact that Ebel had such docs after apparently slaying Clements certainly raises more questions.
Presumably the answers will continue to accrue as the days more forward. In the meantime, here's a larger look at a 2003 mug shot of Ebel and the latest CBS4 report, followed by part of our previous coverage.
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