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Parolee a suspect in Colo. slaying

– Attorney Jack Ebel testified before the Colorado legislature two years ago that solitary confinement in a Colorado prison was destroying the psyche of his son Evan.

When Jack Ebel’s friend, Gov. John Hickenlooper, was interviewing a Missouri corrections official for the top prisons job in Colorado, he mentioned the case as an example of why the prison system needed reform. And after Tom Clements came to Colorado, he eased the use of solitary confinement and tried to make it easier for people housed there to re-enter society.

Now authorities are investigating whether Evan Spencer Ebel, who was paroled in January, is linked to the assassination of Clements, who was shot and killed Tuesday when he answered the front door of his house in a rural neighborhood.

Evan Ebel was killed Thursday in a gun battle with Texas law enforcement officers, according to court records.

Denver police say Ebel is a suspect in the Sunday slaying of a pizza delivery man.

A state prisons spokeswoman said Ebel was paroled Jan. 28 as part of a mandatory process after serving his full prison term.

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