Murder Indictment In SIU Student’s Mysterious 2014 Death

(CBS) — For three years, a Morton Grove family has fought to see a man charged with murdering their 19-year-old son, a student at Southern Illinois University.

Now, a grand jury has indicted that man.

“My God, my son finally got justice and heaven is happy today,” says Lovely Varughese.

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Pravin Varughese. (Credit: Twitter)

She is the mother of Pravin Varughese, the SIU student whose body was found in 2014 in a wooded area in Carbondale.

The initial autopsy said he died from hypothermia. But the family had always believed he was beaten by a man who gave him a ride.

A special prosecutor took the case to a grand jury, and now 22-year-old Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois, has been indicted on two felony counts of murder, according to a news release issued Thursday.

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Gaege Bethune (Jackson County Jail)

“We had to fight and fight, and the person who did this to my son was free for 3 ½ years.  I feel my son had a voice today, finally,” Lovely Varughese says.

Bethune bonded out of jail after posting 10 percent of his $1 million bond. He is expected in court Tuesday.

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