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LAS VEGAS - A judge on Wednesday refused Sandy Murphy's request to block the sale of Ted Binion's $1.5 million home, saying she isn't entitled to any money from the estate.

District Court Judge Michael Cherry said at a hearing that Murphy, who was Binion's live-in girlfriend at the time he was killed, no longer has standing to stop the sale.

"She is a convicted murderess," Cherry said. "She is not entitled to one dime from Mr. Binion's estate."

Binion, a well-known gambling figure, had willed Murphy his home, its contents and $300,000 in cash. But the Nevada Supreme Court ruled she was not entitled to the inheritance because of her murder conviction.

A jury in May 2000 found Murphy and her lover, Missoula contractor Rick Tabish, guilty of killing Binion at the 8,000-square-foot home on Sept. 17, 1998.

Murphy's attorney, Herb Sachs, said in court papers this month that there was a strong likelihood the Nevada Supreme Court would overturn Murphy's conviction, which would make her eligible to receive her share of the estate.

But Cherry said Murphy's "got a lot of things to overcome here" in the appeal process. "I don't want this hanging around my calendar for the rest of my career," he said.

The judge added he has an obligation to resolve Binion's $55 million estate, and selling the house is a priority.

Binion estate lawyers charged that Murphy was attacking the estate as part of a desperate scheme to overturn her murder conviction.

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