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Mother of Pravin Varughese speaks out

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CARBONDALE -- Family members of of Pravin Varughese say the news of the indictment against Gaege Bethune answered many prayers. 

Pravin's mother calls it "news she had waited years to hear."

"My only mission in my life right now is to get justice for my son and I will make sure I get that," Lovely Varughese told News 3 two years, ago after police found her son dead in the woods a year earlier.

Thursday, Lovely learned a grand jury indicted Gaege Bethune, the last person seen with Pravin, on two counts of first degree murder.

"This is the answer. I wish it came earlier but, you know, I can't control it. This is probably how this was all planned out by the Lord."

News 3 spoke to Lovely via Facetime at her home in Chicago, after she learned of the indictment.

"Our community and family have been coming in. This is a day that I feel Pravin's voice is heard and his name is cleared," she said.

Lovely believes Bethune knows more than what he told authorities and that he has answers to what happened to her son that cold February night in 2014.

A year later. a grand jury found not enough evidence to charge Bethune for any crime.

Later, the case landed in the hands of a special prosecutor.

"The best thing we had was getting a person, a special prosecutor who was willing to look into every sing detail and investigate this case thoroughly," she said.

Bethune's attorney, Mike Wepsiec's statement, said, "My deepest sympathies go out to the Varughese family. However, one cannot judge a case by sympathy or emotions; one has to look at the evidence in this case. And, the evidence clearly shoes that Gaege did not murder Pravin."

But the Varughese family wants a jury to make that decision.

"I'm happy we are here today and from here on whatever the Lord permits, let it happen. My job is done," she said.

Lovely says no matter the outcome from here, she will go along with whatever happens in the end.

She says she also looks forward to finally seeing Bethune face to face for the first time.

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