August 21, 2014
Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish have lost Nevada Supreme Court bids to overturn their convictions for felony conspiracy, burglary and grand larceny in the theft of a silver fortune from Murphy's former live-in boyfriend, casino mogul Ted Binion.
In separate orders, a three-justice panel dismissed the appeals as lacking merit. The Tabish ruling was unanimous but the Murphy ruling was split, with Justice Jim Hardesty dissenting and saying there wasn't enough evidence against her to warrant convictions.
Also rejected by the high court was an appeal from Tabish, a one-time Montana contractor, of his conviction on separate extortion charges.
The orders mark the latest development in what began as a sensational murder case - the saga of Murphy, a former stripper, and Tabish, her secret lover, who were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering the wealthy but troubled 55-year-old son of legendary Las Vegas casino owner Benny Binion.