Behl's Mother Speaks Out

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

October 15, 2005

Today the mother of slain VCU student Taylor Behl was not afraid to point a finger at the man who she says took her daughter away from her.

Taylor Behl's closest family and friends gathered for her funeral Friday morning at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia; but today her mother spoke out about the suspect in her daughter's murder case.

One day after burying her 17-year-old daughter, the mother of the Virginia student found dead in a wooded area accused a man in police custody of murdering her daughter, Taylor Behl.

"Lets be clear, Ben Fawley murdered my daughter. His claim that it was accidental is just one more perversion of his truth and his ever-changing web of lies. Taylor may have had one sexual encounter with Ben Fawley last April, but we know that she quickly became disillusioned with him when she started seeing what type of person he was," said Janet Pelasara, the mother of Taylor Behl.

38-year-old Ben Fawley, a suspect in the case, is in police custody and charged with child pornography and illegal possession of a gun.

Fawley has admitted to having a sexual relationship with Behl. Pelasara said Saturday's statement is to try "to get out Taylor's side of things and to disprove Fawley's lies."

Fawley has reportedly admitted that he was with Behl when she died, but that her death was accidental. He said he restricted the girl's breathing as part of a sexual encounter. Fawley reportedly said the couple was in a rural part of Mathews County, Virginia on September 6 when the incident occurred. Last week, her body was discovered in Mathews County, Virginia.

Behl had just started her freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, before disappearing on Labor Day. Her 18th birthday was last Thursday, October 13th.

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