Killing suspect back on U.S. soil
A professional poker player accused of killing his wife in Grand Junction in 1997, has been extradited to the United States on murder charges and is being detained in the Garfield County Jail.
According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Marcus Bebb-Jones, 47, was arrested on a warrant at his London home Friday.
A flight carrying Bebb-Jones, who was escorted by police, landed in Denver on Friday night. After being detained briefly at a Jefferson County holding facility late Friday, the authorities transferred Bebb-Jones by vehicle to Garfield County and he was booked into the Garfield County Jail on Saturday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Bebb-Jones had been fighting extradition to face first-degree murder charges in the death of 31-year-old Sabrina Bebb-Jones.
Marcus and Sabrina Bebb-Jones owned Grand Junction’s Hotel Melrose when Sabrina disappeared. Her skull was found near Douglas Pass in Garfield County in 2004.
Bebb-Jones and his court-appointed attorney had been fighting extradition, claiming a sentence of life in prison without parole would be disproportionate to the crime and constitute a human rights violation.
Marcus-Bebb Jones went to Las Vegas days after his wife disappeared and charged thousands of dollars to her credit card, according to court documents.
He also attempted suicide in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Bebb-Jones returned to England and won thousands of dollars as a professional poker player.
He was arrested on suspicion of murder charges in November 2009.