A 2nd District judge will decide sometime this week whether a Roy man charged with murdering his wife and conspiring to kill a witness against him will be allowed to post bail.
Judge Rodney S. Page said he wanted to review court transcripts to decide whether Thomas Randolph Jr. should be freed on bond and how much the bond should be.Randolph, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the 1986 death of his wife, Rebecca. The death was first considered a suicide, but an investigation by Clearfield police led to homicide charges against Randolph.
Randolph has been held in the Davis County Jail without bail since his Nov. 30 arrest. On Jan. 9, an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder, also a first-degree felony, was filed against Randolph and a Layton woman, Wendy Moore.
At Randolph's bail hearing Wednesday, a West Valley undercover detective assigned to the Salt Lake metro narcotics strike force testified that one of his informants, housed in the Davis jail, became acquainted with Randolph after Christmas.
The informant told jailers Randolph wanted the key witness against him, Eric Tarantino, now in California, killed, the detective said.
He described how the informant was temporarily released from jail and set up in a Salt Lake motel room, with the detective, to take telephone calls from Randolph.
"Are you sure you want this guy whacked?" the detective, who posed as a hit-man, said he asked Randolph. According to the detective, Randolph said he wanted the witness out of the case to give him "the home-court advantage."
Arrangements were made to receive $2,000 in cash and the title to a vehicle, the detective testified, to be delivered on Sunday by Moore. When they closed the deal outside a Layton convenience store, the detective said he arrested the woman.
Moore was arraigned Jan. 11 in Clearfield Circuit Court on the conspiracy to commit murder charge.
Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson also submitted a transcript of testimony by Tarantino and witness Joanie Olson from Randolph's preliminary hearing. The testimony says Randolph beat Tarantino badly at one point, threatened him with death, and told Olson if he ever goes to prison for his wife's death, Tarantino is a dead man, Wilson told the judge.
Defense attorney Bernie Allen said the testimony is not credible and Tarantino, who has struck a deal with prosecutors, is trying to save himself at Randolph's expense.
As for the conspiracy charge, Allen said Randolph was not trying to arrange Tarantino's murder but was using what resources he could to try to discredit Tarantino's testimony and question his character.
Page said he will rule on setting bail by the weekend.
Randolph is charged with the Nov. 11, 1986, murder of his wife, who was found shot in the head in their Clearfield home. Randolph's trial on the murder charge is set for March 1.