The name on the time card is Hayes. The name is easily changed, dropped, and forgotten. Every identity Richard Kimble has borrowed has vanished for good when he moved on.
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Richard Kimble, after using an identity, usually drops it and does not use it again. However, while working under the name Bill Hayes, he is recognized by someone at his job site as being Eddie Fry, formerly of Black River, South Dakota. Though he at first denies being Eddie Fry, he admits it when he learns that after he disappeared from Black River, everyone thought he was dead, and Justin Briggs (actor John Anderson) was convicted of murdering him.
In flashbacks, we learn that Briggs was a cantankerous old man many years behind the times. Kimble worked for him. Briggs was angry at Eddie Fry for many reasons, some as trivial as bringing the book "Modern Business Practices" to Briggs' young adult son. Briggs took this as Eddie Fry trying to slander him before his son as not knowing how to run his business. In addition to being outraged about Fry interfering with his family, he is also angry that Janice Cummings (actress Diane Foster) was going to marry him, but now has changed her mind, which Briggs blamed on Eddie Fry.
At the trial there was truthful testimony that Briggs threatened in front of witnesses to kill Fry (Kimble), and truthful eyewitness testimony from Janice that she saw Briggs attacking Fry and trying to kill him. It was believed that Briggs hid the body in the swamp, and a deputy saw swamp mud on Briggs' boots. While it is true that Briggs violently attacked Kimble, Kimble was only injured and was able to get away.
Kimble, of course, cannot allow an innocent man to be executed. Everyone is shocked when Eddie Fry comes back to town to clear Justin Briggs, since all believed he was dead. Unfortunately, Justin Briggs was just killed trying to escape. Janice Cummings, and Kimble himself, face danger from an angry, disgusted town. Briggs' son Vin (actor Don Quine) declares he will kill Janice Cummings for lying against his father and causing his death.
Actor Harry Townes does a good job as Ballinger, who defended Briggs at his trial.
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