Thomas W. Randolph Jr. and his girlfriend will stand trial in 2nd District Court on charges they conspired to murder a witness scheduled to testify that Randolph plotted to kill his wife two years ago.
Randolph, 33, already scheduled for an April murder trial in the death of his wife in 1986, waived a preliminary hearing in Layton Circuit Court Wednesday on the conspiracy charge.and Circuit Judge K. Roger Bean ordered Randolph's girlfriend, Wendy Z. Moore, 29, Layton, bound over to district court on the conspiracy charge, a first-degree felony. Bean presided at Moore's preliminary hearing two weeks ago but issued his ruling only Wednesday.
Randolph is charged with capital homicide and faces death penalty in the November 1986 death of his wife, Rebecca, in their Clearfield home. She was found dead with a single gunshot wound in the head. The death was initially considered a suicide.
Further investigation by the Clearfield Police led to Randolph's arrest on Nov. 30, 1988, on charges of killing his wife and filing a false insurance claim on her death benefits.
At Randolph's December preliminary hearing in circuit court, a former friend, Eric Tarantino, testified that Randolph plotted for six months during the summer of 1986 to kill his wife and make it look like an accident.
in January, the conspiracy charges against Randolph and Moore were filed. Investigators said Randolph tried to arrange the killing of Tarantino from his cell in the Davis County Jail to keep him from testifying in Randolph's murder trial, scheduled for April 5 in 2nd District Court.