A man who was acquitted of killing his second wife was sentenced to death for orchestrating the murder of his sixth wife, and then proceeding to kill the hit man he hired to kill her.
Thomas Randolph, 62, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of killing his latest wife Sharon Clausse, before killing his hired gun, Michael Miller.
Family and friends rejoiced in the verdict and subsequent death sentence handed down by the court.
Randolph was first arrested in January 2009 but the trial took eight years as Randolph was a master of stalling the case, and he fired several attorneys throughout the years.
“I feel that’s really what he deserves,” Causse’s daughter Colleen Beyer said concerning Randolph’s death sentence. “He’s a monster. He’s one evil, evil monster.”
Randolph told authorities he found Causse dead in the hallway of their Las Vegas home with a gunshot wound to the head. He then claimed he saw a man with a ski mask on, therefore shooting him five times to death.
However, investigators were suspicious given that one of his earlier wives had already died of a gunshot to the head. Randolph had $360,000 worth of insurance on Causse, and the “burglar” turned out to be Randolph’s handyman, Miller.
Randolph actually received two death sentences, one for each victim.
Three decades ago, Randolph’s second wife Becky Gault Randolph, was found dead of a single bullet to the head in the couple’s Clearfield, Utah, home in 1986.
Her death opened him up to obtaining insurance payouts of $250,000. He claimed his wife had committed suicide and attempted it once before, but prosecutors asserted that he and friend Eric Tarantino planned her murder.
But Randolph was acquitted of murder in that trial, although he pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth said that Randolph was the “worst of the worst” and deserved the death penalty.
“Shouldn’t the death penalty be about the worst of the worst?” she said in court. “It should be saved for those human beings in society who are the worst of the worst.”
Two of Randolph’s previous wives came forward saying he’d threatened to kill them as well. Two other wives died of illnesses.
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