DENVER POST - Jody Mangue, the mother of accused killer and alleged white supremacist Evan Ebel offered a tender defense of her troubled son over the weekend on a blog.
"For those who knew or did not know him, he was an amazing spirit since birth," Mangue wrote on a Memory Of site dedicated to her daughter, Marin, who was killed in a car accident in January 2004. "He was full of energy, was funny and lit up a room."
Ebel, 28, died Thursday night from a gunshot to the head after he allegedly wounded a Texas sheriff's deputy during a routine traffic stop then led a high-speed chase that ended when he was hit by a semi-tractor trailer and emerged shooting at law enforcement.
He is the lone suspect in the Tuesday night death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, who was shot to death in the doorway of his El Paso County home. Ebel also is suspected of killing 27-year-old pizza delivery man Nathan Leon on March 17.
Ebel has spent much of his adult life behind bars, mostly for robberies and violent crimes. He spent much of at least five years in solitary confinement in a Cañon City prison.
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