The anticipation and fear made Sandy physically sick at the defense table.
Count one, conspiracy to commit murder - murder and/or robbery, we find the defendant not guilty.
Not guilty. The once-convicted murderers were now vindicated.
For Ted's sister, Becky, the verdict made her sick, as well.
"There is never any closure," she said. "I don't get my brother back."
But the verdict wasn't a complete victory.
The jury found the two guilty of stealing Ted Binion's buried silver from the vault in Pahrump, Nev. Because of his previous record, Tabish remained in prison. But with credit for the more than three years she served on the first conviction, Sandy was soon leaving Las Vegas.
Now finally home again in California, Sandy put her life back together, marrying a successful art dealer in April 2009. It was the fairy tale wedding she never had with Ted.
The once notorious Sandy Murphy is now Mrs. Kevin Pieropan.
"I'm very happy," she said. "Just to be able to get in my car and just drive a mile away… I don't think I would appreciate it as much as I do now if I didn't have these experiences."
And whatever happened to Ted Binion's treasure? His daughter got most of the silver from the vault in Pahrump. Ironically, a sizeable amount remains unclaimed in the courthouse.
"These are silver dollars, I take it. Some of Ted Binion's coin collection?" Van Sant asked evidence custodian Rainey Williams. "Fascinating. People have been trying to find where all the rest of his coin collection is."
"Yeah, there's lots of rumors about that," she said with a laugh.
Rumors about unaccounted for millions. Realtor Cristine Lefkowitz thinks she knows where it might be.
When asked about a strange mound in the front yard of Ted Binion's house, Lefkowitz said, "if you look at the backyard… you'd see a couple more spots like this."
With the current owner's permission, "48 Hours" decided to do some treasure hunting and hired ground penetrating radar technician Jared Lampe.
"If Ted did have something buried here, I think we'll find it," Lampe said.
He spent hours combing across a section of the dead millionaire's backyard.
"We found some anomalies here that were about six inches from the surface," Lampe said.
As the sun went down, our treasure hunt began; all we found was fool's gold.
Then our crew began to dig at a second location. But the deeper we dug, the more frustrated we became. No treasure was found.
The old Las Vegas guard still wonders, what really happened?
"I do believe, yes, that someone did get away with murder," Wayne Newton told Van Sant. "However, Ted's demise might have been contributed immensely by Ted himself."
And as for Sandy, she feels the town has always had her pegged wrong and she is now vindicated.
"I felt like… That this little girl was mightier than they were because I had something that they didn't have going for 'em, and that was the truth," she said with a new, confident voice.
Sandy's a little older and a little wiser, with a story for the ages. And she's not looking back.
"I don't think that there's any winners in this ordeal," she said. "I am lucky to be where I am that's for sure."
Rick Tabish's latest bid for parole is under consideration.
Sandy Murphy is suing the state of Nevada, alleging false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Ted Binion's home on Palomino Lane has been unoccupied since the day he died 11 years ago.
Produced by James Stolz and Chris O'Connell