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DISTRAUGHT SUSPECT IN KIDNAPPING IS DENIED BAIL

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A 2nd District Court judge ordered a distraught Roy man to remain in jail without bail because his erratic emotions and the randomness of the crime he is accused of - kidnapping a family at knifepoint - pose a danger.

Randy Lee Taylor Jr., 29, was animated and smiling when he entered the courtroom of Judge Paula Heffernan last Friday. But during brief comments by victim Neil Carter and his wife, Taylor became tearful and ducked under the defense table.Taylor is accused of three counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery in the Oct. 3 kidnapping of Carter, 35, and his two children. Taylor allegedly forced Carter to withdraw $500 from a bank, forced him to drive the family van to an Ogden Valley campground and set the three Carters free.

The van was found abandoned at an Ogden restaurant that evening, and Taylor was arrested the next day. He is being held without bail in the Weber County Jail.

Taylor waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his attorney said Taylor intends to plead not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

Attorney Stephen Laker said Taylor didn't have the money for bail, but the judge wanted to hear arguments from prosecutors regardless.

Laker said Taylor may have been out of control Oct. 3, but he also had good impulses.

"The thing that he remembers most about the children is telling the children, `Don't grow up to be like me; grow up to make your daddy proud,' " Laker said.

Carter said, however, that his children are now withdrawn, defensive and easily upset.

"I still have the heart-burning feeling when he pointed that knife at my chest," Carter said.

Betsy Carter said her children had nightmares about their experience, but her son finally slept well when he heard Taylor was held without bail.

Taylor will undergo a series of mental health tests. Heffernan set a Nov. 19 hearing date.