UK poker professional Marcus Bebb-Jones, 46, faces life in prison without the chances of parole for a murder he committed twelve years ago. Back in 1997 Bebb-Jones and his wife, Sabrina, owned a hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado then employees reported Sabrina to be missing. Marcus was not convicted at the time even though his wife’s blood was found inside his vehicle but the police could not locate Sabrina’s body so no arrest could be made.
A few days after the employees report Sabrina to be missing, Marcus tried to commit suicide after being questioned by police but he was unsuccessful in the process. After things cooled down if you will Marcus decided to move to the UK bringing his three year old son along with him. Bebb -Jones decided to pick up the game of poker to bring in the bacon and was very successful. Marcus became one of Britain’s premiere poker stars as he won the 2007Grosvenor Grand Prix event in Walsal and in his efforts took home a cool £90,000 for first place.
Marcus should be thankful he even had the chance to play in this event because in 2004 hikers found the skull remains of Sabrina. Hikers then report the skull to the police and took nearly 5 years for a warrant to be issued for Marcus’s arrest. Marcus was arrested this week at his mother’s home and will be held in custody until a judge decides whether or not Bebb-Jones is eligible for deportation back to the United States. The final decision will ultimately be made by the Home Secretary. An U.S. Government state prosecutor had this to say regarding Marcus Bebb-Jones,
“Mr. Bebb-Jones is sought for the murder of his wife. He is responsible for the murder, and the deliberate concealment of it for many years. On the weekend following that incident it is said that Mr. Bebb-Jones went to Las Vegas and spent thousands of dollars – partially using credit cards in his wife’s name. He lived a playboy lifestyle in the course of that weekend which culminated in him putting a gun in his mouth and shooting himself in the head.”
“The upshot is that the case against him is very strong,” said the prosecutor. “This offence is so serious he faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.”
I personally can’t believe the police allowed him to escape so easily with all the evidence pointing his way (her blood in his car, the spending of her credit cards, and then him trying to commit suicide) but at least he is being brought to justice. That being said I think this could be a NCIS episode.