Prosecutors opened the retrial of the “Poker Murder Case” in Las Vegas on Thursday October 14, telling jurors that a former stripper and her secret lover killed WSOP director Ted Binion for a piece of a million-dollar estate and a fortune in buried treasure.
“This case is about betrayal,” Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lalli said in his opening statement. “It is about lust. It is about abject greed.”
Sandy Murphy, a 32-year-old former stripper, and Rick Tabish, a 39-year-old Montana contractor, were sent to prison for the 1998 death of Ted Binion, who came from a prominent Las Vegas family that owned the famed Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel & Casino.
But the defendants are back on trial because the Nevada Supreme Court tossed out their convictions last year. If convicted a second time, the pair could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors say the suspects forced Togel Hongkong Binion to ingest lethal levels of heroin and the anti-depressant Xanax before suffocating the 55-year-old casino owner.
Prosecutors say the motive was a piece of Binion’s $55 million estate and a cache of more than $5 million in silver bars and coins that Binion had buried in an underground desert vault. Tabish built the vault for Binion.
“The evidence will show that the only way they could live their lives happily ever after was to kill Ted Binion and take his property,” Lalli said.
In throwing out the earlier convictions, the state Supreme Court ruled that the judge made a mistake in not forcing prosecutors to try an extortion case against Tabish separately. Justices said the extortion evidence unfairly prejudiced the jury.
During opening statements, a prosecutor painted the pair as desperate lovers who saw Ted Binion …