The Virginian and Trampas' lawyer (Noah Keen) manage to convince Darby that he has made a misidentification but Miss Delia remains adamant that Trampas is the robber. The spinsterish Delia has recognized Brent as the real accomplice and visits him at his hotel where she agrees to testify to Trampas' guilt for $10,000 which she can use to fulfill her lifelong dream to leave Rocky Point and go to Europe. To protect herself from Brent, she has left behind a letter admitting Trampas is innocent and Brent guilty. Gleason is broken out of jail. However, despite this, Trampas goes on trial. Miss Delia's testimony is the only evidence against him and the Virginian and lawyer manage to show she has lied about some details of the case and that she had met with Brent who they suspect is the accomplice.
While the jury is deliberating, the Virginian visits Delia and tries to convince her to tell the truth. Eventually, Delia's conscience, fuelled by alcohol, finally triumphs and she rushes to tell the Sheriff (Gene Evans) of Trampas' innocence but is accidentally run down and killed in the street. As Trampas is found guilty and being sentenced the letter proclaiming his innocence is found in Delia's effects and he is set free.