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Hatton's Turn: Part 2 

Gillespie and Forbes become fast friends when both police forces team up and solve the triple murder. Attorney Wade Hatton returns to Sparta and hopes to rekindle a romance from the past with Sarah Hallisey.


Carroll O'Connor


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. LuAnn Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Stacy Keach ... Wade Hatton
Burgess Meredith ... Judge Culley
Karen Carlson ... Sarah Hallisey
Courtney Gains ... Coley Hiffern
Wesley Addy ... Arvin Allenby
Rosemary Murphy ... Joanna Allenby
Dee Shaw Dee Shaw ... Sgt. Dee Shepard
Harvey E. Lee Jr. Harvey E. Lee Jr. ... Cpl. Ken Covey


Continuation of Episode #7.2. Chief Hampton Forbes investigates his first case in Sparta. Coley Hiffern and Nat Bream take Henry Ulmer to a remote location to kill him, but Nat cannot go through with it. After Henry escapes Coley kills Nat and steals Henry's car. When Henry is arrested, Wade Hatton refuses to act as his attorney, preferring to let Sarah Hallisey defend the young man. Coley hijacks a car and kills the driver. Henry confesses to being on the scene of the robbery/murder and blames it on Indian Tilly for spreading the rumors about the great sums of money in the victims' home. Forbes and Gillespie forge strong bonds of joint action in the investigation. Written by richardann

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A really sad case
29 October 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Remember this is Mississippi where this series is set and not New York and the death penalty application is very real here. There is outrage over the shotgun homicide of two elderly people and public opinion wants the lethal injection.

One of the two of the three apprehended Courtney Gains is a walking advertisement for capital punishment. He was the one who did the deed with the shotgun and also killed one of the other perpetrators. The second arrested is Wayne Brady a retarded kid who can't read and is a gentle soul who watches cartoons because he can't understand things above that level.

Still DA Wilbur Fitzgerald might be pressured into seeking the death penalty. For both. Attorneys Stacy Keach and Rosemary Murphy they have their work cut out for them.

Keach who is retired answers a call to conscience and works out a solution. The one you won't forget is Wayne Brady, a gentle soul who can't comprehend that goes in around him.

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18 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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