A Roy man charged with capital homicide in the 1986 death of his wife goes on trial next week in 2nd District Court. Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 33, faces the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge.
Randolph's trial was scheduled to start April 5 but court officials are trying to clear the calendar for jury selection Monday, then begin opening statements Wednesday.Prospective jurors will be quizzed about their feeling toward the death penalty and the possible effects of media coverage of charges against Randolph and his girlfriend, Wendy Z. Moore, 29, Layton.
According to investigators, Rebecca Randolph's body was found in the Randolphs' Clearfield home in November 1986. The victim had been shot once in the head and was found in their bedroom, police said. The death was initially ruled a suicide.
But further investigation led to the filing of the murder and insurance fraud charges last fall, two years after the woman's death. Randolph is charged with killing his wife to collect on a life insurance policy.
Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson and deputy attorney Bill McGuire are prosecuting the case and told the judge Tuesday at the final pre-trial hearing they expect to call between 30 and 32 witnesses.
Caine said the defense will call 15 to 20 witnesses. Randolph has been held without bond in the Davis County Jail since his arrest in November, which Allen and Caine say has hampered their defense.
Testimony at a bail hearing in December revealed Randolph threatened the prime witness against him, former friend and co-worker Eric Tarantino. Under a grant of immunity, Tarantino testifed at Randolph's preliminary hearing that he and Randolph conspired in the summer of 1986 to kill Randolph's wife and collect her insurance money.
In January, an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony, was filed against Randolph and Moore. In a second preliminary hearing in February, an undercover police agent testified Randolph tried to arrange the murder of Tarantino through a cellmate in jail.
Moore was arrested and also charged with conspiracy to commit murder when she delivered the title to a car Randolph owns to the agent, which he said was partial payment for Tarantino's murder.
Trial on the conspiracy charges against Randolph and Moore has been delayed pending the outcome of next week's murder trial. An additional charge of insurance fraud against Randolph, a third-degree felony, has also been put on hold.