Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law/The Desertion of Keith Ryder

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The Desertion of Keith Ryder
Season 3, Episode 22
Airdate March 30, 1974
Written by Robert Malcolm Young
Directed by Harry Falk
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The Desertion of Keith Ryder is the twenty-second episode of the third season of Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, and the sixty-eighth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Jane Wyman (Sylvia Ryder), Macdonald Carey (Earl Ryder), Henry Jones (Dr. Metz)

Special Guest Star: Randolph Mantooth (Keith Ryder)

Co-Starring: Christine Matchett (Melissa Marshall), Regis Toomey (Admiral Chasen), Nate Esformes (Lt. Colonel), Barry Atwater (Wesley Steadman), Dennis Patrick (Judge), Janis Hansen (Nurse Coulter), Fred Holliday (Major Loring Brown), Charles H. Gray (Colonel Madison)

With: Byron Morrow (Judge Crane), Morgan Jones (Detective), Kirk Mee (Trial Counsel), Mel Scott (Lt. Jones)


Plot Overview

The son of an old friend returns home from Canada, where he had been holed up since deserting from the Army four years earlier. Owen agrees to handle the young man's defense at a military tribunal, but the charges are more than just desertion--he's also facing a charge of assault on a Non-Commissioned Officer.