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"The Widower" to Face Retrial in 2008 Slayings of Sixth Wife and Alleged Hitman
Thomas Randolph, 68, won’t face the death penalty in a new trial for the alleged 2017 murders of Sharon Causse and Michael James Miller.
A Nevada man who was sentenced to death in the killings of his sixth wife and a suspected hitman, but had his conviction overturned three years ago, will stand trial again.
Jury selection is slated to begin on Thursday for the re-trial of Thomas Randolph, 68, who's accused in the 2008 murders of his wife, Sharon Causse, and Michael James Miller, whom prosecutors say Randolph hired to kill his spouse. The trial is expected to run between two to three weeks, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Randolph — known as "The Widower" due to four of his six wives being dead — was convicted of murdering Causse and Miller in 2017, when jurors found him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder. He was later sentenced to death, however, his conviction was overturned in 2020, according to previous reporting by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The death sentence was reversed after the Nevada Supreme Court found that jurors in the case shouldn’t have heard certain evidence, namely about the death of Randolph’s second spouse, Becky Randolph, in Utah in 1986. Randolph had previously been acquitted of murder in that case in 1989, however, he pleaded guilty to witness tampering in connection with that case.
He’s long maintained his innocence in the infamous double murder case involving Causse and Miller. This time, if convicted at his approaching trial, Randolph won't face the death penalty.
“We look forward to the actual facts coming out at trial,” Randolph’s defense attorney Josh Tomsheck told the Review-Journal.
In 2017, authorities found Causse and Miller both fatally shot at a home Randolph and his wife shared. Randolph told detectives that Miller fatally shot Causse in the head during a home invasion. He claimed to have subsequently shot and killed Miller in self-defense after encountering him wearing a ski mask in the front hallway of their residence. Randolph said he shot Miller five times.
Prosecutors, though, argued that Randolph had contracted Miller to kill Causse and later gunned him down.
Prosecutors accused Randolph of plotting to kill Causse for financial gain. Randolph stood to gain $360,000 in insurance claim money following her shooting death.
Randolph earned the nickname “The Widower” after NBC’s Dateline released a three-part series of the same name in 2021. When he first stood trial in 2017, four of Randolph’s former wives were dead. Two surviving wives testified against him during Causse’s murder trial.
Opening statements in the case are scheduled for Wednesday.