The trial for a jailed white supremacist gang member accused of plotting to kill Weld County’s district attorney ended in a mistrial Monday, after a jury was unable to reach a verdict after more than a day of deliberations.
Billie Allen, 32, was held in the Weld County jail when police say he plotted to have Michael Rourke killed by re-creating the 211 Crew gang’s 2013 murder of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements. Clements was shot at his home in Monument by parolee and gang member Evan Ebel, who was disguised as a pizza delivery man.
During the six-day trial held in Greeley, testimony indicated Allen unfolded to other inmates his plan to execute Rourke at his home on Christmas Day. The goal was for Rourke to answer the door, in front of his family, when a fake pizza delivery would result in “pop, pop, pop,” according to one piece of witness testimony.
The mistrial means the prosecution could seek to try the charges against Allen in a new trial or move on from the case.
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Allen’s defense attorney, Melanie Sedlak, argued the charges against Allen were based on an “elaborate murder scheme based on a jailhouse snitch,” which law enforcement ran with without conducting a proper investigation.
“Just because Billie Allen is a 211 Crew member doesn’t mean he solicited the murder of Michael Rourke.”
Allen’s alleged plan involved using an inmate set for release from jail to act as his messenger to another 211 Crew member whose job was to “locate Michael Rourke and murder him, posing as a pizza deliver driver,” court documents state. Allen would then make the inmate who served as messenger a 211 Crew member.
The alleged plan included purchasing a GPS tracking device and attaching it to Rourke’s vehicle to learn his home address. If the pizza delivery plan fell through, Allen’s backup plan was to “take a bite off (Rourke’s) face” during his trial, according to testimony.
Though the alleged events took place in Weld County, Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Reidel tried the case in front of 8th Judicial District Chief Judge Stephen Howard to avoid potential conflict of interest with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting the case.
Reporter Sady Swanson contributed to this story.
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