SVU, Episode 4.23
Production number: E3116
First aired: 2 May 2003
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Raymond Bevans
Written By
Adisa Iwa

Directed By
Constantine Makris


Episode summary


A dead waitress, Vanessa Bevins, is found outside a club. CSU states they have evidence suggesting that Vanessa was raped and sodomized before getting shot at point blank range. Vanessa's death, however, is ruled a suicide because the perpetrator continually raped her but Vanessa's father, Ray Bevins, snaps on the side and vows revenge against his daughter's rapist, her employer Perry Williams.

Ray kills Perry just as the detectives are about to arrest him for the rape (based on a statement in Vanessa's diary) after Dr. Warner had revealed to him that his daughter was forced to perform oral sex.

Ray then retreats to Central Park and attempts to commit suicide, but Stabler manages to talk him out of it. Stabler is forced to arrest him for the murder, but calls an experienced attorney, Donna Emmett, to defend him. Alex is sympathetic, but denies Ray a deal.

After Ray reveals that Stabler let him know about Perry's involvement with Vanessa, Stabler is called to testify for the defense. Despite Stabler's assistance, Ray is convicted of the murder, but does not regret his sentence.


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Alvarez: [to the detectives] Why would you stick a plunger up Abner Louima's ass?
Alex: Did you actually lawyer up for Ray Bevins?
Stabler: He needed an attorney.
Alex: So you called one of the best defense attorneys in town? Usually you get a confession instead of throwing up road blocks to protect the perps.
Stabler: Ray Bevins is not a perp.
Alex: He killed a man in cold blood.
Stabler: He killed a sexual predator that you said we couldn't convict.
Alex: I will not condone vigilantism. I am not going to let my compassion for Ray prevent me from doing my job.
Stabler: Well, I did my job. I arrested him. He's all yours.
Alex[her closing argument] Some of you may believe that Perry Williams raped Vanessa Bevins in that alley. But Perry Williams is not on trial here. In fact, he never got his day in court at all. So, in the eyes of the law, he is innocent until proven guilty. Even if his guilt had been established, beyond a reasonable doubt, he could not have been executed for his crime. Ray Bevins executed Perry Williams. He shot a man who was on his knees, begging for his life. Now, some of you may think that he deserved to die. But you have to ask yourselves if he would execute a man whose guilt had not been proven. We have all felt the need for revenge at some point in our lives. We have all lashed out in pain and anger, and we have all thought that justice means an eye for an eye. But is that justice? Does Perry Williams' family now have the right to kill Ray Bevins? Does Ray Bevins' family then have the right to retaliate against Perry Williams? When would it stop? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
Stabler: I could've stopped him. I should've known what Ray was gonna do.
Olivia: How?
Elliot: I'd have done the same thing.
Olivia: No, you wouldn't.
Stabler: Wait till you're a parent.
Olivia: Don't throw that crap at me, Elliot. You made a mistake.
Stabler: What?
Olivia: You let Ray in.
Stabler: You're right, I did. He got to me and now I'm responsible.
[last lines]
Stabler: Ray, I'm sorry.
Ray: I'm not.

Background information and notes

  • It is revealed that Maureen Stabler attends Hudson University.

Episode scene cards

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Hudson University
Vanessa Bevins' Room
Monday, April 7

Apartment of
Perry Williams
26 Central Park West
Wednesday, April 9

Hudson University
Health Services
Thursday, April 10

4 5 6

Trial Part 35
Monday, April 14

Trial Part 35
Tuesday, April 15

Trial Part 35
Wednesday, April 16

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