Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 22, 2013

Link between murders probed

Kaufman County cops look into possible connection in killings of assistant DA, Colorado official

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Kaufman County Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh says his department is investigating whether there is any possible link between the murder of a Kaufman County assistant district attorney in January and the murder of a Colorado corrections official earlier this week.

In a joint statement released Friday with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, Aulbaugh said the Dallas and Denver offices of the FBI are comparing the homicides of former Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Haase and Colorado Department of Corrections Chief of Prisons Tom Clements.

Aulbaugh said the investigation of any possible link is part  of a routine investigation of two crimes that occur under somewhat similar circumstances. If any link is found, or a possible link is disproven, that information will be released.

Hasse, who had been with Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland’s office for three years, was gunned down in the parking lot as he arrived at work on Jan. 31. No arrests have been made in the Haase murder. 

According to the Associated Press, investigators are trying to piece together whether a Colorado inmate and white supremacist who died in a Thursday shootout with Texas law enforcement was involved in the Clements murder. Early in the Haase investigation, officers investigated a possible link to a white supremacist group.

Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, is a Colorado parolee with a long record of convictions since 2003 for various crimes including assaulting a prison guard in 2008. He was a member of a white supremacist prison gang called the 211s, a federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Colorado officials would not confirm Ebel’s gang ties or say whether they had anything to do with the death of Clements, according to the AP report.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who murdered Haas has risen to more than $100,000.