Oct. 29, 2007
By George Mauzy
Jonathan P. Bebb, 32, was returned to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville today following a psychiatric evaluation in Columbus. He faces one count of murder in the Sept. 24 death of his father, Phillip Bebb, a semi-retired Ohio University associate professor of history.
Jonathan Bebb was admitted to Twin Valley Behavioral Health Care's Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Center on Oct. 3 for a psychiatric evaluation. His transfer came after his attorney, R.J. Shostak, filed a motion seeking an assessment to determine Bebb's competency for trial.
Athens County Prosecuting Attorney C. David Warren said this morning that he, Shostak and Athens Municipal Judge William Grim are to meet this afternoon to discuss the case. Warren said that under the conditions of Bebb's release for psychiatric evaluation, he will not be released from jail without a new bond hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. Bond originally was set at $250,000 and included several stipulations. Warren said earlier that he would seek a $5 million bond, as he did initially.
Last week, Ohio University Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Carpinelli sent Warren a letter stating that the university supports his request for a higher bond in the case.
"Out of concern for the safety and well-being of Ohio University's students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Athens community, the university supports an increase in the amount of the bond to an amount commensurate with the crime Mr. Bebb is alleged to have committed," the letter states.
The university also requested a modification to the conditions of Bebb's bond to "specifically state that Mr. Bebb is prohibited from being on any Ohio University property." An initial condition of his bond would have allowed him to attend classes while under house arrest, but the university suspended Bebb, then a graduate student, shortly after his arrest. Bebb has since withdrawn from the university.