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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.