DENVER - The investigation into the shooting murder of Colorado's chief prison administrator will look into any possible ties to his recent decision to keep a Saudi Arabian citizen incarcerated in Colorado.
Department of Corrections director Tom Clements was killed at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he answered the door at his house in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive, according to El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer.
Last week, Clements denied Homaidan al-Turki’s application to serve the remainder of his sentence in his home country of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi man was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and extortion for sexually assaulting a housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave for years.
The man's application had cleared reviews by prison officials, but Clements said he denied the request because al-Turki refused to participate in sex offender rehabilitation programs.
Authorities say that Al-Turki and his wife brought the Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado to care for their five children and to cook and clean. However, an affidavit said the woman spent four years with the family, sleeping on a mattress on the basement floor and getting less than $2 a day.
A source familiar with the investigation tells CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta that the investigation into Clements' murder would look into the al-Turki case.
A former attorney for al-Turki told Marchetta that he is unaware of any connection between the case and the murder of Tom Clements. In fact, he was unaware of the possibility before speaking with Marchetta.
The FBI has told 7NEWS they are monitoring the case but not currently participating in the investigation.