NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, June 15, 2018: A jury has convicted 23-year-old Gaege Bethune of first-degree murder with aggravated battery in the February 2014 death of Pravin Varughese, a Southern Illinois University student.
The 12-person jury returned the verdict Thursday night against Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois. He faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced, reports ABC Chicago.
The defense argued that only superficial bruises were found on Varughese’s body and $24 was in his wallet.
For four years, Lovely Varughese, Pravin Varughese’s mother, fought for answers in her son’s death.
Prosecutors said that after Varughese asked Bethune for a ride outside of 405 W. College St. in Carbondale on the night of Feb. 12, 2014, the two men rode around for about 30 minutes looking to purchase cocaine.
Varughese’s body was found several days later in a wooded area south of Illinois Route 13, five days after he encountered Bethune at a party in February of 2014.