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    Murder Trial

    I was not sure if I wanted to post this or not. I certainly was not going to mention it until I was a verified member. Since this came up during my verification process and I discussed in with five-0, I decided that I would talk about it. I do believe that Deputy29 who is also my friend, knows about this as well. I made this decision since thus far, the support I have received from people, especially my brothers and sisters that wear the uniform, have been the only comfort I and my family have found. That and talking about it helps. This will be a lengthy post so I apologize in advance.

    On November 3rd, 2007 I was on duty. I supervise a patrol team and I was out in the field responding to calls with my officers. I heard dispatch air a call for the County that was a 911 call for help. The dispatchers asked for city units to assist. Since I was just clearing a call I advised I would respond. As I listened to the dispatch and I clicked on the call on the MDT, I quickly discovered that the call was made by my little sister. The information contained in the call advised that she had called 911, in great distress, advising that she was being held against her will. She advised that she was on the floor board of her on again, off again boyfriends truck and she didnt know where she was. The call advised that there was much screaming and what sounded like a physical altercation. My sister gave as much information as she could before her capture discovered she was on the phone. There was then an open line which remained open for about 11 minutes. Dispatch could only hear bits and pieces of mostly muffled words and sounds. Dispatch was able to get a GPS Coordinate for the location the call was made and that is the area units responded to. There was about 10 different units from multiple agencies throughout the county that responded to the area.

    We quickly discovered that the Coordinates were of little help since the vehicle was mobile and the system was not tracking the cell phone. The line remained open for some time but the dispatchers could not get my sister back on the line. We searched for nearly 3 hours trying everything we could but at 2100 to 2300 hours on a dark cold November night and the vastness of the county area outside the city, our efforts were futile. As much as it pained me and all of those other fine officers, we had little choice but to abandon the search and hope for additional information or contact. That additional information or contact was not to be and I finished my shift at 0300 not knowing my sisters fate. It should also be known that this was not the first time my sister had been involved in an altercation with this piece of shit so all I could do was hope for the best.

    The next day I got out of bed around 1100 hours and was just passing time before I had to get ready for my shift that day (1500 hrs). A short time later I received a call from an officer in my agency advising they had located shit heads truck about 10 miles or so from the center of our search the night before. He advised that a county unit had approached the vehicle when they saw a male subject who was outside the truck, jump back in to the vehicle which was high centered in a ditch on some ranchers property. The officer advised me that the male subject looked like he was covered in blood and that he was not responsive to the units who were now flooding the scene. He advised he would keep me informed and I turned on my duty radio to listen to the progress while I got ready for work. There was a three hour standoff that ensued and it was not resolved by the time I went to work.

    The SWAT team was called to the scene and after many attempts to make contact, with no avail, they coordinated and set up for a vehicle assault. I was ordered to stay away so I just listened in on the radio. A short time later the units assaulted the vehicle. They confronted the male subject who had a fillet knife wired to his hand with bailing wire. He had also slit his wrist which turned out to be superficial (too fucking bad). After filling the truck with 12 gauge gas rounds they stormed the vehicle and after several hits with 12 ga bean bag rounds and a TASER, they took him into custody. I heard an officer call for two ambulances (medical had staged nearby) and my heart momentarily found some hope. Unfortunately the same officer cancelled one of the ambulances 30 seconds later advising that one of the subjects on scene was 10-79 (our radio code for dead body). My sister was found dead in the front seat of the truck. I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks. I knew at that moment that the ambulance was cancelled that my sister was dead. We see this shit day in and day out and it has little to no affect, but finding out a member of your family has been murdered in that fashion is something I will never forget as long as I live. Still harder was telling my parents, my older sister and my baby sisters 8 year old and 19 year old son that their daughter, sister and mother was dead.

    In the aftermath, I was offered much support. Being the person that I am, and a long time veteran of law enforcement, I had to know what happened. I did not want to interfere with the investigation and I gave them their space but eventually I had to know what happened. I insisted on seeing the crime scene photos, I insisted on seeing the autopsie photos and I insisted on seeing her in the morgue. The cause of death was multiple blunt force traumas to the head as well as a stab wound. I pray she lost consciousness fast. I know many people could not have done that, but to deal with this loss, I had to know the facts. I also eventually listened to the 911 call which was one of the hardest parts of the whole thing.

    My family has done amazingly well during this ordeal and this community has been nothing short of phenominal. The trial for the man accused of killing my sister in an act of domestic violence will be in July. He is charged with 1st Degree Murder, Kidnapping and Committing a Murder during a Kidnapping. Two of the three counts are capital and the District Attorney is seeking the death penelty. I do not anticipate any plea bargain in this case. My family will have to relive the pain that this sensless act has caused us during the pending trial. I ask for your prayers for my family. I will try to post a picture of my sister who was a beautiful woman. This photo was taken shortly before her death.

    Rest In Peace
    Jennifer Randel
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    Died 11-4-07
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    You have my deepest possible condolences. I can only hope that justice is fully served on him, not that it will bring your sister back, but so that he will never be able to hurt someone else. Some may say that you need to search your soul and find forgiveness for him - I say he doesn't deserve it. What he deserves is to be thrown into the deepest, darkest pit imaginable, and be allowed to slowly choke to death on his own filth. Find peace for yourself and your family, but never for him. Reliving this is something that I honestly wish you could be spared.
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    My friend, you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need to talk give me a call.

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    {{{{Ghostcop}}}} I am so very sorry you and your family have had to go through this hell. I pray he gets what is coming. Please keep us posted.
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    An incredible story and I thank you for sharing it. I will send lots of thoughts to you and your family in this time that is going to be so hard. The victims just get punished over and over and over again. I am so sorry for your loss and your families loss. It is great that you have a strong support system. If you ever need an outside ear to yell at - mine is readily available.
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    {{{{{hugs}}}}}

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    I can tell you from my own experience, that there is great power and great healing when you can look that dirt bag in the eye, and confront them with their crime.

    I feel honored that you were willing to share your pain with us, I think it helps us do our job that much better.
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    It takes a lot of courage to share that.

    You, your family, and your sister are in my prayers
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    God be with you and your family, sorry to hear about the horrible incident with your sister, stay strong and take car of yourself
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    That is horrible! I am so sorry for your loss.

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    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your sister's story. You, your family and your sister will be remembered in my prayers.
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    Deepest condolences. I hope that ultimate, finale, and permanent justice prevails in your sisters case.
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    That's what this site is all about. R.I.P.
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    My deepest condolences to you and your family, and as others have said, may justice prevail. Thank you for sharing such a personal and difficult experience, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.




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    I believe hell has an especially dark place for anyone who would destroy another human life so needlessly and senselessly.

    May our almighty Father continue to comfort you and your family through this turbulent time.

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    That my brother took alot of courage, and is another step in your healing process.


    Know that all of your brothers and sisters here and in your area are always there for you, day or night.


    I extend my condolences, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family. From your words I know her memory will always live on in your heart and mind.
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    Man that really sucks! I'm sorry your family has to go through that and I'm sorry you had to witness it through the radio.
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    Ghost I just now got to read your post and it truly is a powerful statement about you. I pray for justice for you and your family.

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    Thank You so much for sharing this. I am sure it took great courage to do so. This really sucks. Right before the holidays, too. I pray that you and your family will be able to be strong through the trial, and in the days to come. I am sure that it won't be easy. Try to remember the good times. Most of all I hope this idiot that took your sisters life gets the death penalty and will die a slow and painful death. Some say to try and forgive him, I will leave that up to you and your family. They say that time heals all wounds. Hopefully later on you and your family will be able to help others who are going through similar circumstances. I can't even imagine the kind of hell you and your family are going through at this time. Please know that we are all here for you and want to share in your grief. You can't do this alone, it will tear you up.

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    Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. My family thanks you as well. I promise to keep you all posted.
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    What you described is so unimaginable that I have no words. Nobody should have to go through that. Prayers to you and yours.
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