A Roy man and his girlfriend charged with conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with a witness, and drug charges waived their preliminary hearing in a 2nd Circuit Court appearance Tuesday and were bound over to district court.
In their appearance in Clearfield circuit court, Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 34, Roy, and Wendy Z. Moore, 30, Layton, agreed to have their cases bound over to 2nd District Court.Prosecutors told Judge Alfred VanWagenen that a plea negotiation has been offered in which all three charges against Moore and two counts against Randolph will be dropped in return for Randolph's guilty plea to the witness tampering charge.
Neither Randolph nor Moore acknowledged they have agreed to the negotiation but did agree to waive their preliminary hearing on the charges.
Randolph and Moore were charged in January with conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony. Additional charges of tampering with a witness, a Class A misdemeanor, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a second-degree felony, were filed in April.
Randolph was being held without bail in the Davis County Jail at the time, awaiting trial on criminal homicide charges in the 1986 death of his former wife, Rebecca, in Clearfield.
A cellmate of Randolph's told a police undercover agent that Randolph wanted to hire an assassin to kill Eric Tarantino, the prosecution's chief witness against him in the upcoming trial.
The agent testified in a January court appearance that he talked to Randolph several times on the telephone, representing himself as an East Coast drug dealer and hit man.
He and Randolph arranged a cocaine transaction and to kill Tarantino, the agent testified, and Moore delivered the title to a car Randolph owned as partial payment.
Randolph was acquitted last month of the homicide charge and a related insurance fraud charge in the death of his wife.