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This article explains that Sam Sheppard decided to have a jury trial rather than a panel of judges. Dr Sheppard defense team also tried to get the prosecutor to return the home Marilyn Sheppard was killed in back to the family.
Sam Sheppard, William Corrigan, Fred Garmone, Prosecutor Frank Cullitan, John Mahon, Coroner Samuel Gerber
Cleveland Press, "54/08/25 Dr. Sam to gamble life on jury trial" (1954). All Articles. 499.