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Judge Places Gag Order on Witnesses in Taylor Behl Case

A Judge has placed a Gag Order on witnesses in Behl case according to the Washington Post. This would prohibit any witnesses from publicly discussing their testimony in front of the grand jury that is investigating the death of Taylor Behl.

A Richmond judge has signed a gag order that bars witnesses from publicly discussing any testimony they give to a special grand jury investigating the death of college student Taylor Marie Behl, officials said yesterday.

The order was signed Monday by the judge presiding over the multi-jurisdictional grand jury, which is expected to convene again this morning in Richmond Circuit Court. Grand jury witnesses are generally allowed to discuss their testimony if they wish to.

Police chief, Rodney D. Monroe, requested the a gag order after he became concerned when information about the police investigation was leaked to the media last week, ‘Police Told Death an Accident, Lawyer Says’.

Benjamin Fawley is reported to have told police that Taylor Behl died accidentally while they were having a sexual encounter, according to an attorney representing Behl’s mother. Taylor Behl’s mother Janet Pelasara was quick to respond to such statements.

“Let’s be clear — Ben Fawley murdered my daughter,” Janet Pelasara said during a hastily arranged news conference outside her attorney’s McLean office. “His claim that it was accidental is just one more perversion of the truth in his ever-changing web of lies.”

Fawley told investigators that he had consensual sex with Behl in her car parked near a beach in rural Mathews County, Va., the night of Sept. 5 and that he accidentally choked her, according to George O. Peterson, Pelasara’s attorney. Fawley also told police he panicked after Behl died and dumped her body in a ravine, the paper reported.

Pelasara called Fawley “a big, fat liar” and said she was speaking for the 17-year-old daughter she buried Friday.

“He had a dark side, and Taylor wasn’t a dark side kind of girl.”

“It is apparent that my daughter died a violent and unspeakable death at the hands of Ben Fawley that night and was not a willing participant,” Pelasara said.

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October 19th, 2005 at 11:48am Posted by | Ben Fawley, Janet Pelasara, Taylor Behl | 3 comments

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  2. Well here’s another shining example of how the media can help ruin an ongoing murder case, just like in Aruba, if it is indeed a murder case or not.

    I think congress should pass a law against the media talking to anyone involved in a murder case until the case is OVER.

    Comment by Jim Hanson | October 20, 2005

  3. I am a parent — our sympathies are with you.

    Comment by Lee Manning | August 9, 2006

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