MORTON GROVE, Unwell. – Household and buddies of a 19-yr-previous scholar who was discovered lifeless in 2014 gathered Friday to have fun their lengthy however profitable struggle for justice.
Greater than three years after 19-yr-previous Southern Illinois Scholar Pravin Varughese was discovered lifeless, a suspect is charged in his homicide.
22-yr-previous Gaege Bethune, from Eldorado, Illinois, 50 miles east of the Carbondale-based mostly college, is charged with two counts of homicide within the dying of Varughese. His physique was present in a wooded space off campus a few week after he went lacking.
Bethune, who turned himself in Thursday, is being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment is July 18. Courtroom data did not embrace the identify of a protection lawyer.
Bethune was questioned in 2014 after saying he provided the SIU scholar a raise across the time he disappeared and the 2 fought, a state’s lawyer’s report launched in 2015 stated. It stated the proof supported that Varughese had been consuming and died of hypothermia after getting out of Bethune’s automotive and that he might have been intoxicated.
The Varughese household challenged the state’s lawyer’s findings from the beginning, saying a personal post-mortem found a number of, extreme wounds on her son’s head and face. There have been no traces of serious alcohol in his blood, she stated.
The indictment was returned Thursday and remained sealed Friday, however the fees have been listed on-line. A quick assertion from a particular prosecutor additionally offered no particulars, together with about any new proof which may help the rivalry that Bethune, and never the mid-February chilly, had been chargeable for Varughese’s demise.
The Illinois Workplace of the State’s Lawyer Appellate Prosecutor’s workplace took over the investigation after State’s Lawyer Michael Carr recused himself in 2015.
Bethune posted bond Friday. He’s awaiting his preliminary courtroom look subsequent week.