MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of man charged with first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.
Twenty-three-year-old Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois, is accused of striking 19-year-old Pravin Varughese several times and driving off, which led to his death from hypothermia.READ MORE: Belmont Cragin Carjacking Leads To Fiery Crash, Multiple Other Parked Cars Struck
In his closing arguments, Appellate Prosecutor David Robinson on Thursday said Bethune battered and robbed Varughese, setting into motion events that led to first-degree murder.READ MORE: CPD: Woman Accidentally Shot, Killed By Boyfriend In McKinley Park
Defense attorney Michael Wepsiec noted Bethune is not on trial for lying, but for first-degree murder. He said only superficial bruises were found on Varughese’s body and $24 in his wallet.
Prosecutors contend an intoxicated Bethune and Varughese drove around Carbondale looking for cocaine. After an unsuccessful search, prosecutors say the pair fought. After the fight, wearing only a T-shirt and blue jeans, Varughese ran into the woods. His body was found several days laterMORE NEWS: Surveilence Video Shows Moments Leading To The Arrest Of Allan M. Brown, Suspect In Kenosha Police Shooting
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