In "Witness for Death," a man must choose between friendship and justice when he is subpoened to testify against an old army buddy.
As the episode opens, life is going great for Burt Claxton. He has a steady job, a wife and a baby. Add to that, their friends Randy and Kay Stoneman. Yes, Burt is a lucky guy....but, all of sudden, that changes...
Later, the police come to his apartment and question Burt about what he saw at Riley's.
The police think that Randy was living above his means and was over his head with gambling debts. Randy couldn't pay, so he decided to kill the bookie in the back room of Riley's Bar & Grill instead.
Randy denies all the charges, but Burt knows he is lying.
Will Burt choose to do the right thing, or commit perjury to help his close friend?
"Witness for Death" was based on a story by television screenwriter and opera librettist Anne Howard Bailey and adapted for Suspense by Ronald Dawson. Paul Roberts produced and directed. Frank Thomas, Jr. played Burt Claxton and William Redfield played Randy Stoneman. Also appearing were Ruth Tobin, Mary Jane Higby, Roger DeKoven, Guy Repp, and Maurice Tarplin. This episode aired on October 9, 1960.
(Image of William Redfield)