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Dr. Lester Hoversten, a friend of Sam's who had been staying at the Sheppard home, stated that he first met Sam in medical school. He stayed with the Sheppards during a residency at Bay View Hospital from July 1953 to October 1953. During this time, he did not notice any friction between Sam and Marilyn. He arrived at the Sheppard home on July 1. His colleague, Dr. Robert Stevenson, invited him to visit his home in Kent on the night of July 3, which he did. He did not learn of the murder until the afternoon of July 4 when Chief Eaton called Stevenson's home and asked that Hoversten return immediately. Upon returning to the Sheppard home, Hoversten verified that his belongings were as he left them and that nothing had been disturbed.
Dr. Lester Hoversten, Bay View Hospital, Sheppard home, Sam Sheppard, Marilyn Sheppard, Dr. Robert Stevenson