A Roy man's murder trial in the death of his wife two years ago was pushed back a month to allow his attorneys more time to prepare his defense in 2nd District Court.
Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 33, was scheduled for trial March 1 on the murder charge. Judge Rodney S. Page Tuesday granted the request by defense attorneys John Caine and Bernie Allen and set the trial for April 5.Randolph is charged with first-degree murder in the November 1986 death of his wife, Rebecca Randolph, in their Clearfield home. The woman was found shot once in the head. The incident was originally ruled a suicide.
The judge reserved ruling on a motion to block some testimony by the prosecution's key witness, Eric Tarantino. Tarantino testified at Randolph's preliminary hearing in December that Randolph plotted for six months to kill his wife and make it look like an accident to collect her insurance benefits.
Randolph and his girlfriend, Wendy Moore, Layton, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in what investigators say was a plot to kill Tarantino.
Page on Tuesday ordered Davis County Mental Health medical rec-ords of Rebecca Randolph turned over to the defense.
Although normally confidential, the judge ruled the seriousness of the charge against Randolph and the fact that Becky Randolph is dead outweighs the need to keep the rec-ords confidential.
Prosecutors in the case are asking for the death penalty for Randolph.
Caine said much of their defense strategy centers on proving Becky Randolph committed suicide.