Laredo (1965–1967)
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A Question of Guilt 

When an Apache is seen over the dead body of a woman who befriended him, everyone assumes he is guilty. He refuses to speak for himself but the Rangers question his guilt. As part of the jury Joe is only one to question his guilt.


Leo Penn


Joseph Bonaduce


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neville Brand ... Reese Bennett (credit only)
Peter Brown ... Chad Cooper
William Smith ... Joe Riley
Robert Wolders ... Erik Hunter
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Parmalee
Claude Akins ... Cotton Buckmeister
Walter Burke ... Jake Taggert
Vaughn Taylor ... Judge Jacob Lamprey
Lisa James Lisa James ... Adeline Foster
Ed Peck ... Frank Foster
Claude Woolman Claude Woolman ... John Bright Star
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Ed Murdock [Cal in credits]
Robert Donner ... Patrick Clancy
Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Morton
Marcelle Fortier Marcelle Fortier ... Annabelle Pitney


John Bright Star was seen standing over the body of Mrs. Taggert who had befriended him when he was sick. The Rangers arrest him as he runs away but is unarmed. Initially refusing to say anything, Bright Star eventually states that the wounds on his face came from a mountain lion and not from Mrs. Taggert defending herself from the knife attack. A jury is empaneled which include Joe and Cotton. A short trial is held with everyone assuming an automatic guilty verdict. However, Joe is the lone holdout as most of the Rangers do not believe Bright Star is guilty. Parmalee sends Chad to look for more evidence. He finds some cat hair initially. A second search of the Taggert home sheds more light on events while the jury is slowly realizing there are more questions that need to be answered. Parmalee starts putting the details together for a Perry Mason style presentation on what really happened. Written by Anonymous

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10 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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More than reasonable doubts.
20 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Somebody over at NBC must have seen 12 Angry Men and thought the idea would be great for a Laredo story. So it came to pass that both Claude Akins and William Smith got to serve on jury duty for the trial of an Indian who has some feeling that a white jury won't give him a fair trial as he is accused of murdering a white woman who took him in.

There's a reason that the film is called 12 Angry Men. No woman was allowed to serve on a jury in New York in 1957. But in post Civil War Texas three of them are on this jury. William Smith is in the Henry Fonda part as he slowly convinces the other's of his more than reasonable doubts.

Claude Woolman is the accused, Vaughn Taylor is the judge who runs a most informal court. No prosecutor or defense attorney, Taylor asks the questions.

Comedy is supplied by muleskinner Patsy Kelly who takes one look at Claude Akins and decides he's the man to be husband number 4. She's also on the jury with Akins.

I think Laredo fans will like this one for sure.

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