Matlock/The Witness Killings

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The Witness Killings
Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2
Airdate October 18, 1991
Teleplay by Anne Collins
Story by Gerald Sanoff
Directed by Christopher Hibler
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The Witness Killings is the first and second episodes of the sixth season of Matlock, and the one hundred fourteenth and one hundred fifteenth episodes overall.

Starring: Andy Griffith (Ben Matlock), Nancy Stafford (Michelle Thomas) (credit only), Julie Sommars (Julie March)

and Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (Conrad McMasters) (credit only)

Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): Dion Anderson (Harley Wilkes), Michael Ensign (Gary Andler), Steven Flynn (Noel Ferguson), Kathleen Freeman (Lucy Lewis), Warren Frost (Billy Lewis), Alan Fudge (Jack Sylvester), Anne Haney (Elsie Carter), John Dennis Johnston (Lucas Anderson), Tom Kurlander (Max Carter), Patricia McPherson (Karen Sylvester), Cyril O'Reilly (Russ Gifford), Jay Pickett (Doc)

M.C. Gainey (Martin Jensen), Judith Jones (Pam Arnold)

Co-Starring: Bruce Gray (James Hamilton), Stacy Keach, Sr. (Judge Carothers), Kay E. Kuter (Uncle Roy), Jan Munroe (Prosecutor Richardson), Jerry Potter (Bernie), Charles C. Stevenson (Jury Foreperson), Warren Vanders (Preacher)

Featuring: Zack Graham (Young Max), J. Hunter (Young Noel), Collin Nelson (Young Gary)


Plot Overview

Matlock returns to his home town of Mount Harlan for the city's bicentennial celebration, as does another former resident, a famous author who offends a number of prominent townspeople with his questions. When the author is slain, a young man who fought with him a day before the murder is arrested and calls on Ben to defend him.

A friend of murdered author Noel Ferguson dies in a suspicious auto accident, and Matlock discovers that both dead men, along with another friend, witnessed a murder 15 years before. A mysterious tattoo on the first victim's shoulder is key to solving the case.


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