(Orange, Texas)

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March 22, 2013

Colorado governor a friend of paroled inmate's dad

DECATUR, Texas — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's a close friend of the father of the paroled prisoner who may be linked to the killing of the head of the state prisons.

The Denver Post reported Friday ( that Hickenlooper says he and attorney Jack Ebel (EH'-bul), father of Evan Spencer Ebel, worked for the same oil company when Hickenlooper was a geologist.

Evan Ebel was fatally shot by deputies in Texas on Thursday. Colorado authorities are investigating whether he was involved in the death of Tom Clements, director of the state Department of Corrections.

Evan Ebel had been in prison off and on beginning in 2003, including time in solitary.

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