Justice For Sheila?

A Grisly Killing Leaves Six Children Motherless

On Nov. 7, 1997, Sheila Bellush, a mother of six, was brutally murdered in her Sarasota, Fla., home. Police found a multitude of clues at the scene, including fingerprints. Within weeks, three men had been arrested. But the crime was not a robbery, and the three men had never met Bellush before.

Why would they want to kill her? Was it a murder for hire? Her ex-husband, wealthy San Antonio businessman Allen Blackthorne, frequently golfed with one of the men arrested in the crime. Witnesses say he was very angry at his ex-wife. Weeks before the murder, he hired a private investigator to locate Bellush. While the three men languished in jail, Blackthorne, who says he is innocent, continued to play golf.

CBS News 48 Hours examines a case of murder, guilt and the intricacies of the criminal justice system.

A Brutal Murder: Why would anyone want to murder Sheila Bellush? She was a wonderful woman and a devoted mother, her family says. Peter Van Sant reports from Sarasota, Fla.

Who Is Allen Blackthorne? Although Blackthorne refuses to cooperate with the murder investigation, he did talk to 48 Hours. Find out what he told Van Sant.

A Key Arrest: Blackthorne is arrested for murdering his ex-wife after a round of golf.

Blackthorne Stands Trial: Prosecutors present the jury with more than 400 pieces of evidence that they claimed linked Allen Blackthorne to the murder of his wife? But is it enough and is one key witness credible?

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