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Colo official: Saudi inmate investigated in slaying of corrections chief; apparently no links

FILE - In this May 12, 2006 file photo, Sarah Khonaizan. left, and her husband Homaidan Al-Turki, both Saudi citizens, arrive at the Arapahoe County courthouse in Centennial, Colo. Angel Medina, assistant director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, testified Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 that officials investigated Homaidan al-Turki in the March slaying of Colorado’s prisons chief but apparently found nothing to link him to the killing.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski,File)

FILE - In this May 12, 2006 file photo, Sarah Khonaizan. left, and her husband Homaidan Al-Turki, both Saudi citizens, arrive at the Arapahoe County courthouse in Centennial, Colo. Angel Medina, assistant director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, testified Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 that officials investigated Homaidan al-Turki in the March slaying of Colorado‚Äôs prisons chief but apparently found nothing to link him to the killing. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski,File)  (The Associated Press)

Colorado authorities say they investigated a prison inmate from Saudi Arabia in the slaying of the state's corrections chief, but they apparently found nothing linking the prisoner to the killing.

The disclosure came Thursday in a court hearing as inmate Homaidan al-Turki (HO'-ma-don al-TUR'-kee) asked to return to his native country to serve the remainder of his sentence. He was convicted of sexually assaulting his housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.

Al-Turki returns to court Friday for closing arguments by his attorneys and by prosecutors, who oppose the transfer.

The hearing marked the first time officials publicly acknowledged al-Turki was investigated in the slaying of Department of Corrections director Tom Clements. Clements was killed in March about a week after denying an earlier transfer request from al-Turki.