Oct. 3, 2007
By George Mauzy and Mary Alice Casey
Jonathan P. Bebb, 32, who faces one count of murder in the death of his father, a semi-retired Ohio University professor of history, was transferred to Columbus late this morning for psychiatric evaluation.
Athens County Prosecutor C. David Warren said Bebb was transferred to the Twin Valley Behavioral Health Care campus late this morning. The Athens County Sheriff's Office transported him from the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville, where he had been held since Sept. 26.
Bebb is in Twin Valley's Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Center, a locked, secure part of the facility. Warren said such evaluations typically take 30 to 60 days. Another bond hearing would be required for Bebb to be released from Twin Valley, and Warren said he plans to seek a $5 million bond, as he did initially.
A preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday afternoon in Athens Municipal Court has been continued.
Bebb's attorney, R.J. Shostak, filed a motion Monday seeking a competency evaluation for his client. Athens Municipal Judge William Grim granted the motion the same day in order to determine whether Bebb is competent to stand trial.
Bebb, an Ohio University graduate student, is accused in the stabbing death of his father at the professor's Athens home on Sept. 24. He has been in custody at the regional jail since shortly after his arrest Sept. 26. The judge had set bail at $250,000 with the stipulation Bebb be remanded to his mother and stepfather's custody. Neither Bebb nor his family posted bond.
Phillip Bebb joined the Ohio University Department of History in 1969 and took early retirement in 2004, continuing to teach part-time.
In an e-mail sent Tuesday afternoon, Department of History Chair Norm Goda told alumni and friends of the department that a memorial service will be planned at a future date in coordination with family members. A memorial fund has been established through The Ohio University Foundation.