Randleman may face death penalty
Apr 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM
An Erie County grand jury has put the death penalty on the table for Kevin D. Randleman.
The grand jury met Wednesday morning and returned a three-count indictment against Randleman, 50, for allegedly gunning down Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn on Saturday.
Erie County Sheriff's deputies initially charged Randleman with one count of aggravated murder on Sunday.
Following the grand jury session, Randleman faces two additional charges and the death penalty.
Randleman is now charged with aggravated murder — an unclassified felony — as well as having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony, and carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony.
Typically, aggravated murder carries a possible sentence of life imprisonment.
The grand jury in this case, however, decided to include a death penalty specification because Dunn, 30, was murdered as an on-duty police officer, prosecutors said.
The grand jury also included a firearm specification, which adds a potential seven years to Randleman's sentence if he's found guilty.
Randleman has previously been convicted of a felony, which automatically bars him from carrying a firearm.
Randleman, of Sandusky, used a Colt "Detective's Special" .38-caliber revolver to shoot Dunn five times during a traffic stop on Tyler Street, investigators said.
Dunn returned fire after suffering critical injuries. Two of the 12 shots he fired from his .40-caliber service pistol hit Randleman in the arm, investigators said.
Randleman is now recovering at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where sheriff's deputies are standing constant guard.
He'll be moved to the Erie County jail once medical personnel approve his release.
Deputies drove to Toledo on Wednesday afternoon to serve Randleman with his new charges.
Because Randleman now faces capital murder charges, two attorneys certified to represent indigent defendants in capital cases will be appointed to defend him, prosecutors said.
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