On the Defense
By Rachael Bell
The defense team briefly interrupted the attack on the prosecutions medical experts just long enough to hear testimony from Tabish. In Sweetinghams November 15th Court TV article, he stated that he received permission from the
Not long following Tabishs testimony, jurors got a chance to hear from Ramon Owens a.k.a. Ishma. While on the stand, Owens testified that he indeed attempted to pay people off to provide false testimony for Tabish, whom he befriended while incarcerated at the
Several days later, the defense and prosecution made their closing arguments. The jury deliberated for approximately 19 hours before returning their verdict. To the shock of many, Murphy and Tabish were acquitted of all murder charges citing a lack of medical evidence, Sweetingham reported in a November
However, even though they escaped murder charges, they were found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny for plotting to steal Binions money. After the verdict was handed down, Murphy wept for joy and Tabish smiled with relief that the murder charges were dropped. Ted Binions family sat in disbelief, likely trying to determine what went wrong with the prosecutions case.
In a November 23rd Court TV article, Sweetingham suggested that according to the jury, the prosecution was not able to show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendants suffocated Binion. They believed that he actually died from accidentally overdosing on drugs. The verdict was a far cry from that handed down in 2000, which found them guilty of murder.