A Roy man charged in the slaying of his wife in 1986 will remain in jail without bail until his March 1 trial, a 2nd District Court judge ruled this week.

Thomas Randolph Jr. is charged with first-degree homicide, which carries the death penalty. He is charged in the shooting death of his wife, Rebeccca, on Nov. 11, 1986, in the couple's Clearfield home. Davis County Attorney Melvin Wilson, who is prosecuting the case, asked that Randolph be held without bail, saying he is a threat to potential witnesses against him.In a bail hearing Jan. 11, defense attorney Bernie Allen said keeping Randolph in jail hampers his ability to prepare a defense and the witnesses who have testified about threats from Randolph are not credible.

Judge Rodney S. Page, after hearing testimony at the bail hearing and reviewing a transcript of testimony at Randolph's preliminary hearing in Clearfield 2nd Circuit Court, continued the no-bail order.

Witnesses at Randolph's preliminary hearing testified he threatened a former friend, Eric Tarantino, now of California, would die if Randolph ever went to prison for his wife's death.

Tarantino testified Randolph offered him $10,000 to help murder his wife and collect her life insurance benefits and said the two practiced several ways to make her death look accidental.

Tarantino said he and Randolph had a falling-out and Randolph beat him severely, putting him in the hospital for several days. He left for California after that, Tarantino said, while Randolph's wife was still alive.

On Jan. 9, an acquaintance of Randolph's, Wendy Moore, 29, Layton, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony.

A West Valley City undercover detective testified at Randolph's bail hearing that an informant in Randolph's cell in the Davis County Jail contacted him about Randolph wanting to have Tarantino killed.

The informant was released from jail and the detective, posing as a hit man, talked to Randolph by telephone about the killing, the detective testified. They arranged to meet Moore on Jan. 9 at a Layton convenience store and, when she gave him $2,000 cash, the detective arrested her.