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September 22, 2017

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Murphy loses in appeal to collect from Binion’s estate

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Sandy Murphy

CARSON CITY – Sandra Murphy, once convicted but later acquitted in the drug overdose death of Las Vegas casino executive Ted Binion, has lost a round in the Nevada Supreme Court to collect on part of his estate.

The court said there are still pending matters in the district court in Clark County in Murphy’s suits. All claims in the district court “must be resolved before an appeal can be taken,” the court said in returning the case to the lower court.

Binion died Sept. 17, 1998, and Murphy filed a claim to the estate in November 1998. She and her boyfriend, Rick Tabish, were convicted in May 2000 of murder and the Supreme Court reversed the convictions.

They were acquitted of murder in a second trial in November 2004. But they were found guilty of burglary and grand larceny involving Binion’s $8 million silver and rare coin collection.

Murphy, who was Binion’s live-in girlfriend, was released from prison in April 2005 but Tabish is still confined.

District Judge J. Charles Thompson in November 2007 dismissed three of the four claims on grounds Murphy did not bring her action within the required three years of the death. There are still other issues to be resolved in the district court before the Supreme Court will rule.

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