We hope you will take a moment to read up on Randy's case...
In 1997, at the age of 19, Randy Halprin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the crime of "Injury to a Child." Randy has always expressed grave remorse for this crime, and over the years he has deeply reflected on the events that led him to do something so terrible. We hope you will reserve any judgement of Randy until you have read his memoir, "Falling Down," which is a very open and candid account of Randy's turbulent young life, and the breakdown of his relationship with his family which began in his late teens. Despite Randy's numerous efforts to reach out to his parents for help and guidance, he found himself very much alone and falling further into a state of depression which led to this terrible crime.
On 13th December 2000, Randy, and six other inmates (labelled by the media as the "Texas 7") escaped from the Connally Unit in South Texas. On 24th December 2000, the group carried out a robbery at an Oshman's Sporting Goods store in Irving, when regrettably, a Police officer who arrived at the scene was shot and killed.
Leading up to the night of the robbery, Randy continuously expressed his reluctance to co-operate, thus frustrating his co-defendants who eventually assigned him the role of ONLY grabbing clothing and supplies. In fact, as the night of the robbery drew nearer, Randy's co-defendants were so frustrated by his lack of co-operation and his unwillingness to take part in the robbery, two of his co-defendants had a plan in place to kill him. In the tab directly below, headed "Randy's Relationship With His Co-Defendants," you will find a link to a news article with more information on this.
As events played out on the night of the robbery, Randy neither pulled nor fired his gun (a gun he was forced to carry by his co-defendants - we've attached an extract of Randy's trial testimony to that effect, below). Randy was NOT one of the shooters, and he is NOT guilty of capital murder. Randy did not grow up around guns, and had never moved in circles where guns, or gun culture, were prevalent. None of Randy's friends or family members had ever carried or used guns either...Ergo, for someone like Randy, gunfire erupting around him was both a surreal and very frightening situation, and he fled the scene on foot. In fact, he was so eager to distance himself from what was happening, he was shot in the foot as he fled the scene.
Following an intense manhunt, the men were later apprehended in Woodland Park, Colorado, in January 2001. Six of the men were captured, but the seventh man, Larry Harper, committed suicide inside an RV, which was surrounded by armed Police. Randy surrendered peacefully, prior to Harper's suicide.
All six men were charged with the Capital Murder of a Police Officer, and all six were sentenced to death under the controversial Texas Law of Parties. This law allows the State of Texas to execute everyone involved in the robbery, regardless of their role, and whether or not they were one of the shooters. You can read more about the Law of Parties under the "Law of Parties" tab on this website.
On the night of the Oshman's robbery there were several shooters - Randy did NOT shoot or even pull a gun on that night, yet he still faces execution. Several of Randy's co-defendants have said in various accounts, statements, and signed affidavits, that he was NOT a shooter, and because they checked his gun thoroughly, it was handled by several different people. In conclusion, there were seven people involved in the robbery, but the State's own ballistics experts can only conclude that five guns were fired.
Some would say that if you commit a robbery with a loaded weapon, you should reasonably consider that someone could be killed - empirical evidence proves otherwise. In the FBI's own Uniform Crime Report less than 1% of ALL robberies ended with death in the year 2000. When a Police Officer is involved, that number is even lower.
With regard to Randy's trial there is evidence of misconduct on the part of the prosecutors, and at one point during the trial Randy had to ask the Judge to speak with the prosecutors about their constant goading and pulling faces, which was causing much anxiety to Randy who was already finding it very difficult to deal with the process.
Randy's lawyers performed poorly during his trial and regularly missed opportunities to challenge the prosecutors on their various lines of questioning, their interactions with certain witnesses, and the behaviour of the Judge who sided with the prosecutors when they requested certain crucial evidence in Randy's favour be kept from the jury. There is no doubt that his lawyers were ineffective throughout, which allowed the joint efforts of the Judge and prosecutors to colour the jury's view of Randy, and his role in the crime.
The court would also not allow the Jury to review a key and crucial document compiled by the FBI, and Texas Rangers, that clearly shows Randy was the least dangerous of his co-defendants - this document is referred to as the "Ranking Order of the Texas 7", and a copy of this document can be found in the tabs below this section, under "Ranking Order of the Texas 7".
Another key document which was never allowed to be shown to the Jury was an in-depth psychological evaluation prepared by Dr Kelly Goodness. This document contained details of several interviews with the family (biological mother, biological brother, and an aunt from his adoptive family), friends and other authorities in Randy's life, and was supported by adoption, school and other records and reports. The prosecutors insisted this document was 'hearsay' despite the official documents supporting it, and Randy's lawyers failed to argue its necessity in providing the jury with a fair and whole picture of Randy. We'veuploaded a copy of this document under "Mitigating Evidence".
Various affidavits and sworn statements from Randy's surviving (and now deceased) co-defendants, were also kept from the jury. These documents re-affirm the fact that Randy's gun was NEVER fired, and that Randy was NOT one of the shooters. His co-defendants also swore that had they been called to testify in his trial on these issues, they would have done so.
More recently (May 2019) following a year long investigation conducted by Randy's lawyers, it was discovered that the Judge presiding over Randy's case - Judge Vickers Cunningham - harboured religious bias and racial bigotry, directly referring to Randy as "the f****n' Jew" and a "goddamned kike." More details of this revelation can be found here:
The Anti-Defamation League have also intervened in Randy's case, filing the following brief in support of Randy's petition regarding the misconduct and bigotry of the Judge. This can be read via this link:
As you will see, the ADL fully support Randy's petition, and recommend that the State of Texas, "...rule clearly and unmistakably that such prejudices have no place in our courtrooms.”
With an execution date of 10th October having been set, it's alarming that the State want to execute Randy so hurriedly, ignoring the evidence that supports his innocence of capital murder and denying him a fair trial in accordance with his Constitutional rights.
There is no doubt that Randy did NOT receive a fair trial, but don't just take our word for it...Do the investigative work for yourselves. Randy would rather people did not blindly support his case without checking ALL of the facts, and knowing the whole truth. He has always told the truth about what happened on that night, and as far back as early 2001 following his capture in Colorado, Randy said in both a televised and printed interview with ABC News that neither he nor Patrick Murphy were shooters. He has never strayed from the truth, nor altered his story in over 18 years.
There are also several witness statements that back up and support Randy's version of events, and even the Police Detective who took the stand in Randy's trial, testified that Randy's story of how the events happened on that night, 'checks out.' Look into Randy's case for yourselves, and we are confident you will conclude that he is NOT a killer, and his life should be spared.
We thank you sincerely for taking the time to read about Randy's case.