Metro Police honored its finest police officers and civilian workers in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. A total of 116 employees were recognized for their bravery and dedication on the job.
It was a full house as Metro recognized 19 teams involved in separate incidents.
Among the crowd was investigator Dean O’Kelley. He helped put away a man who killed his wife and a hitman.
It was a nine-year-old double-murder investigation.
“There were some ins and outs; some intricacies of the case that you didn’t find in some of the other murders that we handled,” O’Kelley said.
In 2009, Thomas Randolph hired a hitman to kill his wife making it look like a home invasion. But the hitman also ended up dead.
Randolph claimed self-defense.
“That he was a hero and that he’d come in and confronted the intruder, when in fact that wasn’t the case,” O’Kelley said.
O’kelley did some research on Randolph and what he found out confirmed his suspicions.
“He’s a serial killer,” said O’Kelley. “I mean, he, over the years he found these women online or even in the newspapers back in the day where he would marry them and put multiple insurance policies on them and then they would end up dead.
Randolph was accused of killing another wife decades ago for the same reason. A jury acquitted him in that trial.
“The fact that he had killed so many people over the years and gotten away with it made it probably one of the more high profile cases that I’ver ever had,” said O’Kelley.
O’Kelley retired in 2012 before the case went to trial, but finally last July, Randolph was sentenced to death.
Now, the investigator who helped prosecutors get a conviction is being recognized for not letting a killer get away with murder.
“It wasn’t something that I expected, or you know even looked to have happened, but it’s an honor you know to stand among these other men and women who have done so many great things on the department,” O’Kelley said.
O’Kelley came out of retirement and is now working cold cases for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.