Sept. 26, 2007
By George Mauzy
Ohio University has suspended and banned from university property graduate student Jonathan P. Bebb. Bebb is facing one count of murder in the stabbing death of his father on Monday.
The suspension order by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis prohibits Bebb from attending classes or participating in any university activities and bans him from campus property. It remains in effect until his case is resolved by University Judiciaries.
Bebb, 32, of Athens, was charged with murder shortly after midnight today in the death of Phillip Bebb, a semi-retired Ohio University history professor. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in Athens County Municipal Court. If convicted, he could face a life sentence.
Bebb has been served notice of his university suspension. Ohio Revised Code, section 3345.24(B), gives university presidents the authority to impose suspensions when the actions of a student threaten the good order and discipline of the university.
This afternoon, the Ohio University Police Department, anticipating Bebb's release, posted crime alert flyers carrying a photo of Bebb and asking anyone who sees him on campus to immediately contact the department at 740-593-1911.
Conditions of the bond set by Athens Municipal Court Judge William Grim require that Bebb reside full time at the Athens home of his mother and stepfather and only leave the premises for work or school.
Grim set the $250,000 bond after hearing recommendations for a $5 million bond from Athens County Prosecutor C. David Warren and a $50,000 bond from Bebb's attorney, R.J. Shostak.
Phillip Bebb's wife, Susan West, called the Athens Police Department after returning to the couple's Athens home at about 8 p.m. Monday to find her husband on the floor with a knife nearby. Phillip Bebb joined the Ohio University Department of History in 1969 and took early retirement in 2004. He taught on the Lancaster campus this past summer and last taught on the Athens campus in winter 2007.
Updated at 4:57 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, to reflect the fact that, as of 4:50 p.m., Jonathan Bebb remained in custody.