Post: El Paso County judge targeted by prison gang after 'hit' ordered
Judge John Lee Walker signed search warrants
Last Updated: 106 days ago
DENVER - An El Paso County judge went into hiding earlier this month, bought a gun and was placed under police protection after being warned that 211 Crew prison gang leaders had ordered a “hit” against him in retaliation for his part in the investigation into the murder of prisons chief Tom Clements, according to a source familiar with the case.
A key source spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information about the multi-state investigation involving the FBI, El Paso County Sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies.
The source, who has direct access to and knowledge of sealed court documents including investigative files, verified details of the investigation including allegations that the assassination of Clements was ordered by leaders of the white supremacist prison gang. The source also offered new insight into the actions of Evan Ebel, a parolee who officials say killed Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon in March before being killed in a shoot-out with deputies in Texas.
El Paso County Judge John Lee Walker, a U.S. Army Special Forces officer during the Vietnam war and former public defender, took a leave of absence this month for his own protection after three criminal sources including two jail informants warned that 211 Crew leaders planned to kill him, the source said.
Walker had signed roughly 20 search warrants against numerous members of the white supremacist prison gang allowing investigators to search gang leaders’ homes and cellular phone records for evidence potentially tying them to the Clements murder conspiracy, the source said.
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