Time doesn’t run out for justice in a murder

It took 12 years, and the assistance of people half a world away, but the suspected murderer of Sabrina Bebb-Jones has finally been arrested. To the surprise of few people familiar with the case, that suspect is her husband, Marcus Bebb-Jones. He was arrested at his home in England Tuesday.

But suspecting that Marcus murdered his wife when she disappeared in 1997 from the Grand Junction hotel the couple operated back then and assembling enough evidence to make an arrest are two different things. With every passing year, poker-player Marcus Bebb-Jones must have believed the odds of him being arrested were getting smaller and smaller.

In all likelihood, they were. Making arrests in and prosecuting cold cases are difficult tasks. Evidence gets stale, or even disappears. Witnesses move or die, and their recollections become shakier.

Even so, there’s no statute of limitation on murder. And there’s no time limit on when justice can be served — for the families of the victims and for society as a whole.

That’s why we applaud Garfield County District Attorney Martin Beeson and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario for continuing to work this case and for gathering enough evidence to have Marcus arrested.

Although Sabrina Bebb-Jones was living in Mesa County at the time she disappeared, this became a Garfield County homicide when her skull was discovered on top of Douglas Pass in 2004.

Both Beeson and Vallario could have shrugged their shoulders and ignored the Bebb-Jones case. They could easily have said, “I have enough on my plate without worrying about this old case.”

Instead, they pushed for justice in a case that began before either of them was elected to his current job.

Like Mesa County authorities taking a fresh look at the case of Linda and Kelley Benson, who were murdered here in 1975, the authorities didn’t leave an unsolved case on the shelf. Last April, Longmont truck driver Jerry Nemnich was arrested for the Benson murders. In both cases, authorities deserve our thanks and support for refusing to let the clock run out on justice.


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