The man believed to be the founder of the 211 Crew white supremacist prison gang has been found dead in prison.
The Denver Post reports that Davis’s death is being treated as suicide, and that officers in the Department of Correction are trying to ensure his death does not cause disturbances.
Davis was serving what amounted to a life sentence.
Other Colorado inmates, including Aurora theater killer James Holmes, are serving prison sentences outside of Colorado.
Prison authorities along with the Office of the Inspector General are reviewing this incident.
The Colorado Department of Corrections confirms Benjamin Davis’ death. Fairbairn said the death of 42-year-old Davis could lead to disruption and fights in DOC facilities.
The leader of a white supremacist gang who is thought to have ordered the murder of a Colorado prison chief has been found dead. Since investigators have not yet determined whether Ebel acted alone or as a result of others ordering him to kill Clements, the murder case remains unsolved.
The Rangers and Federal Bureau of Investigation said there were hundreds of phone calls between Ebel and 211 Crew leaders in the days before and after the killings, the Denver Post reported. Ebel shot Clements at his front door on April 21, 2013. Ebel took the shirt and used it as a disguise when he went to kill Clements.
Jacqueline Kirby, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, said the Department of Corrections is continuing to investigate Clements’ murder. It ended in Texas when Ebel was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.
He was one of 19 people indicted for their roles in the 211 Crew. The 211 crew communicated with secretive slang and with coded notes, according to the Daily Record. Davis was arrested at a Las Vegas bus terminal after his father alerted authorities.
Davis founded the 211 Crew in 1995 at Denver County Jail after claiming his jaw was broken by a black inmate. And if others were involved, they should be held accountable, too.
Following the beating, Davis sought out to form a white supremacist gang, which he dubbed the 211 Crew, presumably for California’s penal code for robbery. By 2005, state officials said the gang had 300 members.
Davis and a different inmate reacted to the reported violence against Davis by launching the white supremacist 211 prison gang in 1995.
Elder backed off his decision past year and the case remains open and questions remain unanswered. Judge Robbins also stated to Davis, “You don’t need to be on the streets in 40 or 50 years”.