Judge reportedly in hiding, protected because of actions related to Clements' murder
An El Paso County judge reportedly went into hiding and was placed under police protection after informants issued warnings that the 211 crew had put a "hit" on the judge's life for his role in the investigation of the killing of Colorado's prisons chief Tom Clements at his home near Monument.
But according to El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant Joe Roybal, "The recent reports concerning the Tom Clements murder investigation and 211 Gang reported by the Denver Post requires clarification."
"The Denver Post made several references to investigators in the article. These references are not attributed to El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigators," Roybal said.
"The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to be the lead investigative agency into the death of Mr. Tom Clements and will provide information to the media when appropriate."
An anonymous source told The Denver Post that authorities learned that the 211, a white supremacist prison gang, had ordered the assassination of El Paso County Judge Jonathan Walker after at least two jail informants warned prison leaders. The hit is reportedly in retaliation for the approximately 20 search warrants Walker signed on 211 gang members to uncover evidence linking them to the March slaying of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.
Clements was shot and killed at his home near Monument in northern El Paso County. The man suspected of killing Clements, 28-year-old Evan Ebel, was reportedly a member of the 211 gang. Just days after Clement's death, Ebel died in a shootout with Texas law enforcement.
The gang was started by inmates at the Denver Jail 20 years ago, and it has been rumored that one of the founding members, 38-year-old Benjamin Davis, may still be running the gang from behind bars. He has been sentenced to over 100 years in prison at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex.