Jury reaches verdict in Bebout case
Guilty as charged in all 6 counts
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The jury has reached a verdict in the case of Roy Bebout, the man accused of trying to kidnap a girl.
“He’s looking at hopefully double digits. That’s 20+ years that he won’t be able to do this to another victim,” says Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emily Hall.
Bebout was found guilty on all six charges:
“They believed our victim. They believed every word that she said. She testified very well. Her testimony in this trial and her cooperation just goes to show that you can fight back in more ways than one. Not just physically but by your testimony you can take some of that power back for yourself,” says Hall.
Closing arguments were held Wednesday morning and the case went to the jury around 10 a.m.
“The way she was attacked. She had mace in her eyes. Her glasses were knocked off. ... At one point she even grabbed the weapon that he used from him, so she was able to describe that weapon," says Hall.
“She’s 5′ tall. She’s a little gal but she was so powerful. She was smart. She planned what to do, how to get out of that situation. She waited to open the truck door until he got all the way around so she would have the best chance of running away. She did everything she could think of. She did everything right,” says Hall.
Bebout is accused of forcing a teenage girl into his truck in October. Several detectives took the stand, discussing evidence they say placed Bebout at the scene.
“She placed him there. The METS bus driver placed his truck there. And the GPS confirmed that. The GPS corroborated a lot of her information that gave us some really good leads so that we could get even more evidence to corroborate against him," says Hall.
The defense chose not to call witnesses.
“Without her fighting as hard as she fought this could have happened to someone else or even more people so she saved how ever many young women and girls that he could have attacked,” says Hall.
After the verdict was read, Bebout also pleaded guilty to a sentencing enhancement charge for being a repeat sexual offender. In 1998, Bebout was convicted of rape and kidnapping.
“His previous case not horribly different than how things had started to play out here, so all of that just goes to show what he was going to do with her,” says Hall.
Bebout will be back in court on April 10 at 2 p.m. for sentencing.
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