Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish Acquitted at Retrial of Binion Murder
Great news for Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish. They were acquitted of murdering Las Vegas casino son Benny Binion. At their last trial, they were both convicted.
After deliberating for about 18 hours, the jury returned on Tuesday morning with their verdicts. They found the defendants not guilty of murder but convicted them of conspiring to commit "burglary and/or larceny" as well as burglary and grand larceny. They were charged after sheriff's deputies discovered Mr. Tabish, less than two days after Mr. Binion's death on Sept. 17, 1998, digging the casino owner's fortune in silver bars and coins out of a vault sunk in the sand near the desert town of Pahrump. While he was in the desert, cellphone records showed, Mr. Tabish spoke at least three times with Ms. Murphy, a former stripper who lived with Mr. Binion until his death and with whom Mr. Tabish had been having an affair.
The two were accused of murdering Mr. Binion, 55, in his Las Vegas home by forcing him to ingest a large quantity of drugs and then suffocating him.
Court tv has all the details. It carried the trial live last year. We even commented on the case during opening arguments for CTV as we happened to be in NY that day.
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