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Varughese Death Investigation-Update

The City of Carbondale Police Department's continuing investigation into the 2014 death of Pravin Varughese, in conjunction with the Illinois State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutors Office has resulted in a Grand Jury indictment against Gaege Bethune, age 22 of Eldorado, Illinois, on two counts of Felony Murder. Please see the press release from the Appellate Prosecutors Office below for additional information. 

 

In re: Pravin Varughese Death Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2017

On March 2, 2015, the Circuit Court of Jackson County appointed the Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor (hereinafter, “OSAAP”) to review the circumstances surrounding the February 2014 death of Pravin Varughese.  Specifically, OSAAP was tasked with determining, in accordance with the duties of a public prosecutor, whether sufficient evidence existed to seek an indictment—specifically, “the potential offense of homicide.”

Today a Grand Jury, impaneled to investigate and evaluate potential charges in this case, returned a True Bill of Indictment – Two Counts of Felony Murder (First Degree) – against Mr. Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois.

OSAAP would like to thank the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, particularly the Carbondale Police Department which has worked diligently and professionally from start to finish.

As in every criminal case, the public should be aware that a defendant, including the defendant in this case, is entitled to a fair trial and enjoys the presumption of innocence.  It is, of course, the State’s burden to prove any criminal defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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