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Son charged in history professor's death

Sept. 25, 2007
By George Mauzy

Jonathan P. Bebb, 32, of Athens, was charged with one count of murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of his father, Ohio University Associate Professor of History Phillip Bebb.

An initial appearance and bond hearing are scheduled in Athens County Municipal Court at 10 a.m. today. If convicted, Bebb could face a life sentence.

Phillip Bebb's wife, Susan West, called the Athens Police Department after returning to the couple's Mulligan Road home at about 8 p.m. Monday to find him lying on the floor with a knife nearby. Police continue to investigate.

Jonathan Bebb, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University in 1998, was enrolled this quarter as a graduate student in electrical engineering. 

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. A specialist in the Renaissance and Reformation, he taught Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Great Figures in Florence and others, and he directed the department's history tutorial program for almost 30 years.

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Published: Jul 20, 2006 3:50:00 PM
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