MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin in trial of man charged with first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove.
Twenty-three-year-old Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois, is accused of striking Pravin Varughese several times and driving off, which led to his death from hypothermia. The jury in Murphysboro will hear closing arguments Thursday.READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Estimates More Than 3,000 Officers Defying City's Vaccine Reporting Mandate
Prosecutors contend an intoxicated Bethune and the 19-year-old Varughese drove around Carbondale looking for cocaine. After an unsuccessful search, prosecutors say the pair fought.READ MORE: Chicago Firefighter Fired Over Racist Social Media Posts; City Worker Reprimanded For Bringing Gun To O'Hare
Bethune testified that he told a state trooper that Varughese, wearing only a T-shirt and blue jeans, ran into the woods. Trooper Christopher Martin testified he didn’t believe Bethune and didn’t have the wooded area in Carbondale searched.
Varughese’s body was found several days later.MORE NEWS: Group Robs Three 7-Eleven Stores Within 30 Minutes Downtown
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