TRIALS

1964-1983 / 1986-1992 / 1993-1999


The State vs. Patricia Matthews

Date of Trial: December 1964 - February 1965
Charge: The murder of Tom Baxter
Counsel for the Defence: John Randolph and Mitchell Dru
Counsel for the Prosecution: Phil Martin
Witnesses Called: Ken Baxter
Outcome: John was able to reduce Pat's plea to temporary insanity, and she was freed

The State vs. Missy Palmer

Date of Trial: May 1967
Charge: The murder of Danny Fargo
Counsel for the Defence: Mitchell Dru, with Bill Matthews and John Randolph
Counsel for the Prosecution: Walter Curtin
Witnesses Called: Lenore Moore, Madge Murray, Missy Palmer, and Pat Randolph
Outcome: Missy was found guilty

The State vs. Lenore Moore Curtin

Date of Trial: December 1970 - March 1971
Charge: The murder of Wayne Addison
Counsel for the Defence: Walter Curtin
Counsel for the Prosecution: Tom Albini
Witnesses Called: Belle Clark, Rachel Davis, and Steve Frame
Outcome: Lenore was acquitted due to insufficient evidence

Steve Frame vs. Rachel Frame

Date of Trial: May 1974
Charge: Steve sued Rachel for divorce
Counsel for Rachel Frame: Sam Lucas
Witnesses Called: Gerald Davis
Outcome: The divorce was granted. It was later revealed that Steve had bribed Gerald to lie for him on the stand. Steve was sent to prison

The People vs. Patricia Randolph

Date of Trial: January - February 1979
Charge: The first-degree murder of Greg Barnard
Counsel for the Defence: Brian Bancroft and Michael Randolph
Counsel for the Prosecution: Tom Albini
Witnesses Called: Marianne Randolph, Olive Randolph, Pat Randolph, Dan Shearer, and Susan Matthews Shearer
Outcome: The judge dismissed the case when the D.A. conceded a lack of evidence

The State vs. Rachel Cory

Date of Trial: November 1980
Charge: The murder of Mitch Blake
Counsel for the Defence: Brian Bancroft and Jerry Grove
Counsel for the Prosecution: Zachary Colton
Witnesses Called: Miranda Bishop, Mac Cory, Rachel Cory, Tracy DeWitt, Jason Dunlap, Vivien Gorrow, Russ Matthews, and Linda Metcalf
Outcome: Guilty as charged. Rachel was sentenced to 8 years in prison

The State vs. Blaine Ewing

Date of Trial: June - July 1981
Charge: The murder of Jordan Scott
Counsel for the Defence: Brian Bancroft and Jerry Grove
Counsel for the Prosecution: Zachary Colton
Witnesses Called: Mitch Blake, Zachary Colton, Sandy Cory, Jason Dunlap, Blaine Ewing, Clarice Ewing, Larry Ewing, Jamie Frame, Rick Halloway, Melissa Needham, and Joey Perrini
Outcome: On the stand Zachary admitted to injecting Jordan with an anticoagulant

Sandy Cory vs. Cecile DePoulignac

Date of Trial: February 1983
Charge: Sandy sued Cecile for custody of Maggie Cory
Counsel for Sandy Cory: Stacey Winthrop
Counsel for Cecile DePoulignac: Reuben Marino
Witnesses Called: Mac Cory, Sandy Cory, Cecile DePoulignac, Elena DePoulignac, Blaine Ewing, and Louis St. George
Outcome: Sandy was granted custody of Maggie. Cecile then caused an uproar by claiming that Sandy wasn't Maggie's father.