As a judge read the reasons for sending him to death row Friday, serial killer James Randall seemed a man anxious to get his trip started.
Defense attorney Mike Schwartzberg said Randall was merely showing bravado in the face of doom. Until [Susan] Schaeffer started reading her order, he said, Randall had clung to a vain hope of a life sentence.
Schaeffer imposed two death sentences on Randall, 42, of Dunedin for strangling two Clearwater prostitutes, Wendy Evans and Cynthia Pugh. Pugh's parents, John and Barbara Tate, hugged each other. Afterward, when somebody asked Mrs. Tate how she was feeling, she said, "Better."