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Man Sentenced To Death For Murder Of Two Wives (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murdering his second wife and killing the man he hired to murder his sixth wife.

Thomas Randolph, 62, has received two death sentences for murdering his second wife, Becky Gault Randolph, and Michael James Miller, the man he hired to kill his sixth wife, Sharon Causse, the Daily Mail reported.

Randolph initially said he found Causse dead of a gunshot wound at their Las Vegas home in May 2008. He said he saw a man in a ski mask and shot him five times.

But investigators became suspicious when the man in the ski mask turned out to be Miller, Randolph's handyman. Randolph's second wife also died of a gunshot wound to the head, a death that saw him receive insurance payouts of $250,000. He had $360,000 worth of insurance on Causse.

Randolph was acquitted in the 1986 murder case of Becky Gault Randolph, although he pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness. She was found with a single bullet to the head in their Utah home. Randolph said Becky committed suicide, and had tried once before.

Prosecutors said Randolph planned the murder with friend Eric Tarantino. A former friend testified that Randolph would walk around singing Rod Stewart's "Foolish Behavior," which included the lyrics, "They'll think suicide, they won't know who done it / I'm gonna kill my wife, I'm really gonna take her life," after his second wife's death.

Nine years after Causse's death, Randolph was finally brought to justice. He received two death sentences for each murder from a jury of eight women and four men. The trial lasted eight years because Randolph was a master of stalling, firing several attorneys along the way.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth called Randolph the "worst of the worst" in court.

"Shouldn't the death penalty be about the worst of the worst?" she said. "It should be saved for those human beings in society who are the worst of the worst."

"The only reason Mike Miller is dead is because Eric Tarantino lived to tell the story, and Thomas Randolph was not going to make that mistake again," Bluth added.

Causse's daughter, Colleen Beyer, agreed.

"I feel that's really what he deserves," she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He's a monster. He's one evil, evil monster."

“I hope the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives get some comfort and some satisfaction,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson added. “I think justice was done. A death verdict was justice in this case.”

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