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Sandy Murphy - Rick Tabish Defiant lovers get life sentences for casino murder - The former stripper and her lover received life in prison for the murder of casino owner, multimillionaire, Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas. binion was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binions girlfriend, Sandy Murphy, exotic dancer and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, were convicted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax.

Their convictions were overturned in 2003 by the Nevada Supreme Court, which ruled that the judge should have forced prosecutors to try an extortion case against Tabish separately.

Nov 23, 2004 they were acquitted of murder charges but found Murphy and Tabish guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary or larceny, burglary and grand larceny in a plot to steal a $7 million cache of silver Binion had buried in the desert. They could each could face up to 16 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2005. Tabish returned to state prison on other charges, but Murphy remains free on $250,000 bond.

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American Justice -- A Las Vegas tale of wealth, buried treasure, drugs, and sex. It's the story of casino millionaire Lonnie "Ted" Binion, who was found dead in his home in 1998. Less than 48 hours later, three men were arrested as they dug up 46,000 pounds of silver from an underground vault belonging to Binion. As police investigated, the murder trail led to Sandy Murphy, Binion's live-in girlfriend and former topless dancer, and Rick Tabish, who was Ted's friend and Sandy's lover.

Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker by James McManus

Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case takes you inside this incredible case surrounded by drugs, gambling, mobsters, and a $14 million silver stash. It was Las Vegas' crime of the century. Lonnie "Ted" Binion, ne'er-do-well son of famed casino owner Benny Binion, was found dead in his home. Some claimed drug overdose. Others speculated suicide. Investigators said murder. Ted's beautiful girlfriend, Sandy Murphy, and her shadow lover Rick Tabish, were charged with Binion's murder and the show began.

Quicksilver is the story of the trial that rocked Las Vegas. A classic love triangle, a powerful casino family, and a fortune in silver provide the backdrop for this true story of deception, greed, and murder.


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