Brits OK extradition of suspect in murder
The United Kingdom secretary of state on Thursday ordered the extradition of a British man accused of killing his wife in western Colorado in 1997, although the suspect can still appeal his transfer to the U.S. to face trial.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department announced in a news release that Home Secretary Jack Straw ordered Marcus Bebb-Jones to be extradited back to Colorado. Sheriff’s officials indicated the 46-year-old man has until June 23 to lodge a final appeal with the High Court in England.
Bebb-Jones and his court-appointed attorney have fought extradition to this point, claiming a sentence of life without parole would be “grossly disproportionate” and represent a human rights violation, the British Broadcasting Corp. has reported.
Bebb-Jones is suspected of killing his wife, Sabrina, in September 1997. At the time, the couple owned the Hotel Melrose in Grand Junction. A rancher found Sabrina’s skull on Douglas Pass in 2004.
Court records indicate Bebb-Jones went to Las Vegas in the days after his wife disappeared and charged thousands of dollars to credit cards in his wife’s name. He also survived a suicide attempt inside a Las Vegas hotel room.
Bebb-Jones eventually moved back to his native England and had won hundreds of thousands of dollars as a professional poker player before being arrested in November.