A Roy man goes on trial March 1 in 2nd District Court and could face the death penalty if convicted of the 2-year-old shooting death of his wife.
Thomas W. Randolph Jr., 33, pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal homicide, a capital offense that carries the death penalty, and to filing a false insurance claim, a second-degree felony.Randolph is charged in the Nov. 11, 1986, shooting death of his wife, Rebecca Randolph, in their former home at 2265 S. First West, Clearfield.
A witness at Randolph's preliminary hearing in Clearfield 2nd Circuit Court testified that Randolph plotted for nearly six months in 1986 to kill his wife to collect on her life insurance policies.
Randolph filed an insurance claim 10 days after his wife's death and collected $28,000, according to court testimony.
Defense attorney Bernard Allen Tuesday filed a motion seeking to have Judge Rodney S. Page disqualified from hearing the case, saying Randolph worked as an investigator for the Weber County public defenders office years ago while Page was the Davis County Attorney.
Page denied the motion saying he doesn't recall ever dealing with Randolph, but Allen pressed the issue and Page agreed to have a fellow judge rule on the matter.
Page set a March 1 trial date, a Feb. 14 pre-trial hearing and a Jan. 24 hearing date on Allen's motion to set bail. Randolph has been held in the Davis County Jail without bond since his arrest because of what prosecutors say are threats he made against witnesses.