A Roy man, scheduled for trial March 1 in the 1986 killing of his wife, has been charged along with a Layton woman with conspiring to hire the murder of a witness in the man's murder trial.
Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 33, and Wendy Z. Moore, 29, have been charged with trying to contract for the murder of a key prosecution witness in Randolph's upcoming trial.Moore is being held on $10,000 bail and was scheduled for arraignment on the conspiracy to commit murder charge Wednesday morning in Clearfield 2nd Circuit Court. Randolph has been held without bail since his November 1988.
Capt. Bud Cox of the sheriff's department detective division said Moore was arrested Sunday in Layton by an undercover Salt Lake police officer.
Investigators said Randolph asked a fellow inmate to kill a witness, Eric Tarantino, who testified against Randolph at his preliminary hearing in Clearfield Circuit Court and is scheduled to testify at Randolph's trial.
The inmate, who has not been identified, told sheriff's deputies about the plan leading to the recruitment of an undercover police agent, Cox said.
The inmate, released from custody, and the agent met with Moore in Layton on Sunday, Cox said. Moore was arrested after the meeting.
At Randolph's preliminary hearing, Tarantino testified Randolph beat him once so badly he was hospitalized for several days and said he fled the state to California four years ago, partly out of fear of Randolph. Tarantino has been given immunity for conspiracy to commit murder charges in return for his testimony, he said in the hearing.
Becky Randolph was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Nov. 7, 1986, at the couple's Clearfield home. Medical examiners and police considered the death a suicide, but later filed the murder charge.