UK Poker Player Awaits Hearing On U.S. Murder Charge

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British poker pro Marcus Bebb-Jones is currently sitting in a Colorado jail while he waits for a court decision on Thursday as to whether he will face a trial for murdering his wife.

Bebb-Jones has been in custody since 2009, when British police arrested him because of a U.S. warrant for his arrest after his wife Sabrina was allegedly murdered in 1997. The poker pro fought his extradition for two years before he was given to American authorities last year.

Court documents claim that after his wife's death, Bebb-Jones fled to Las Vegas with his son where he gambled, hired prostitutes and then tried to kill himself with a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Bebb-Jones' wife's remains were found on a remote mountain pass in Colorado in 2004. Her skull was fractured with wounds that indicated foul play was involved in her death. In 2008, state authorities filed murder charges against the British citizen, who had since moved back home.

On Thursday Bebb-Jones will face a preliminary hearing to decide whether or not he should face trial for the murder charges. Speaking to the Daily Star Newspaper on Sunday, Colorado District Attorney Martin Beeson said: “The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to demonstrate to the court that there is sufficient evidence to bind the case over for trial."

“Assuming the judge binds the case over for trial it must be held within 180 days of the defendant entering his plea."

“He has not yet been required to enter a plea but will probably be required to do so soon after the prelim is completed.”