Fate of Bluff City man who shot his wife, himself, rests in hands of jury

Jun 9, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Http

The fate of a Bluff City man who shot his wife in October 2008 before turning the weapon on himself now rests in the hands of a 12-member jury that will determine whether he should spend the rest of his life in jail.

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Miss trial what a shame, I pray the bastard dies in jail while waiting for the next trial
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Miss trial what a shame, I pray the bastard dies in jail while waiting for the next trial
Guilty I appreciate you being upset with the mistrial, but please don't wish he dies in jail before the next trial. The reason I say that is: each day this monster lives, he has to remember what he did and why he is suffering the way he is. I hope he lives a long life and I hope what he did to Angela haunts the hell out of him every minute of the day. It's too bad he can't have a mirror so he could see himself and be reminded of the igornant thing he did to himself much less of how he beat and tortured Angela before he went running to get the gun to kill her.
No I want him to suffer every day for years to come behind bars. On the other hand, if he gets out, who wants to take care of his sorry a__. Where can he go and what can he do now??? Oh, maybe if he puts his gold chain on and his fancy rings and his western apparel, maybe he can attract another woman who only wants him for financial security.
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Judge not lest ye be judged. You probably don't know everything to the situation, and the media will leave out a lot of details. There are always three sides to a story like this: his side, her side, and the real side. No one knows what all happens behind closed doors. Unfortunately we won't get to Angela's side. Unfortunately both the families have to suffer through all the pain. And unfortunately there are overly righteous people out in the world that would want to see someone suffer more when they are already in pain and agony of what they have done.

Randy and his family have to live with the hurt and shame. Angela's family have to live with the pain and empty void. No one will win in the end because even after the trail is done Randy has to live with what he has done and Angela's family has to live without her.

Don't pray in hatred, just pray for all their souls.
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To overly righteous:

And unfortunately there are overly righteous people out in the world that would want to see someone suffer more when they are already in pain and agony of what they have done.

I am glad we are not living under the law of the Old Testament because if we were, it would be eye for eye and tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. We have a judge and 12 jurors who will decide the fate of Randy Graybeal. He chose the fate of Angela himself. So, let's think about judge not least you be judged, The jury will decide and it all lies in God's Hands. If he is not judged correctly in this life, you can be assured he will be judged correctly in the next life, as every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. No one has the right to take another persons life except for God himself, Randy Graybeal is not God. He must and will pay for what he has done. Has this man shown any remorse??? Has this man apologized to any of the family, even his own family and friends???? It takes a better man to walk away than to cause trouble or heartaches. It takes a man to admit his guilt and face his punishment. He was not a man, he was and is still a monster.
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And unfortunately there are overly righteous people out in the world that would want to see someone suffer more when they are already in pain and agony of what they have done.---------One other thing, He is in pain and agony of what he did to himself, not for what he did to Angela. God could have let him die on the same day he murdered Angela, but he allowed him to live. Have you ever wondered WHY?
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anonymous wrote:
And unfortunately there are overly righteous people out in the world that would want to see someone suffer more when they are already in pain and agony of what they have done.---------One other thing, He is in pain and agony of what he did to himself, not for what he did to Angela. God could have let him die on the same day he murdered Angela, but he allowed him to live. Have you ever wondered WHY?
So he can make the world a little more miserable for someone, I reckon so he can find her lover and shoot him too.
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gunther hollow wrote:
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So he can make the world a little more miserable for someone, I reckon so he can find her lover and shoot him too.
It is his vault she even had a lover in the first place, but Mr. perfect would never admit to it, because he was perfect in all things, he never did any wrong in his eyes. Yeah right, how many marriages did he break up and how many women was he mean to?? He claimed they all had lovers. I guess he never committed adultry either, guess again, ask his first wife. If he had been a real man and had been sleeping with his wife doing what husbands are suppose to do, and not telling her he wantd a divorce and ordering her out of his house, she would never have met her lover of 2 months. Most "MEN" would have gone after the lover first, but a coward won't do that, they would rather beat up on a little woman then murder them.

Who ever is judging with blanks, disagree and mean, here is another one for you. You love it don't you.
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gunther hollow wrote:
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So he can make the world a little more miserable for someone, I reckon so he can find her lover and shoot him too.
Could the world get so lucky? Probably not :-(
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Could the world get so lucky? Probably not :-(

No, because he does not have the balls, he had his chance. If he was going to do that, he would have already done it. How intelligent to you have to be to figure that out????
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The trial was a disaster and now we have to relive it again. The only solace in all this is that Randy has already sentenced himself, the way he looked in the court room was so very pathetic, now everyone can see what a monster he really is. I still think he deserves to die by lethal injection but, so many people feel sorry for him that, that will never happen. He had always told Angela to find another lover that was younger and good looking and when she did he freaked out and killed her.....I dont think so, he knew all along what was going on , thats why he filed for divorce in the first place. Now the jury has sympathy, they must be some inbred virginians with the IQ that just above sand, so sad when the justice system is so messed up. I think we should give Randy one bullet and a second chance at his suicide attempt, maybe practice will make perfect....
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Judge not lest ye be judged. You probably don't know everything to the situation, and the media will leave out a lot of details. There are always three sides to a story like this: his side, her side, and the real side. No one knows what all happens behind closed doors. Unfortunately we won't get to Angela's side. Unfortunately both the families have to suffer through all the pain. And unfortunately there are overly righteous people out in the world that would want to see someone suffer more when they are already in pain and agony of what they have done.
Randy and his family have to live with the hurt and shame. Angela's family have to live with the pain and empty void. No one will win in the end because even after the trail is done Randy has to live with what he has done and Angela's family has to live without her.
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I do know some things to the situation, and I am here to tell you right now the story you are hearing from Randy Graybeal is not the truth. He and his lawyer has had time to come up with this bogus story to help him get a lesser sentence, which it may. His story has changed since he was in the hospital as to why he had to murder her. That is between him and God, and God will take care of him one way or another.
One thing about it, he has to live with what he did as you said in your statement. If he has any conscience at all, it will haunt him until the day he dies. War veterans will tell you, killing someone plays on your mind. The difference with them and what Randy did, our soldiers are brave, they go off to war to fight for our freedom, they kill people who never did anything to them, but it's either kill the enemey or get killed. They don't have a choice but Randy did have a choice.
You are so right about both the families suffering through the pain. Randy brought shame and disgraced the Graybeal name. He hurt his family, but he destroyed her family. Every day what he did to her goes over and over in their minds. They all have terrible dreams, seeing Randy with his face looking like it does. If her family have dreams like that, I wonder if his dreams are haunting him? I can't believe her family has to go through another trial and look at those pictures where he brutally beat her and cut her before he went running to get the gun to murder her. I think his family needs to sit in the court room and look at those pictures also. I wish the judge would order Randy to look at them, but he gave up his right to look, that is because he remembers every detail of that day,he can act dumb and stupid all he wants but he is not fooling me. I wish he had the nerve to sit and talk with Angela's parents and children, then maybe they could start to heal. He would sit there and lie about everything just as he did in court or claim he doesn't remember. But like you said, after the trial is over, Angela's family has to live without her. You at least have someone to visit.
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He will get what is coming to him. MY only concern is how any jury with any commonsense at all could sit and look at this dumbass in a courtroom and then not be able to reach a verdict of some sort. Too many people with too much sympathy out there. I wish that the wolves only prayed on these sheeple. Then, eventually, all that would be left would be the sheepdogs and the wolves. It wouldn't take long for the sheepdogs to rid the world of the wolves, and then everything would be great. As it is, the sheeple all get mad when the sheepdogs kick the wolves' ass. Then when a wolf eats one of them, they ask why the sheepdogs didn't come to their rescue.

If the sheepdogs had their way, Graybeal would be swinging from the courthouse flagpole right now as an example to any other wolves that were entertaining thoughts of doing what he did.
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What was the evidence of her affair? Randy was just full of crap and lying to get out of it and it worked, amazing the bs in the courts.
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BHM do tell, Please do tell don't know alot about this ... Why did he shot her anyway.. and if she did have a boyfriend on the side .. she not the first and she not going to be the last... There is no need ever to take the life of another person.. FOR ANT REASON !!!
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One Mad Bitch wrote:
BHM do tell, Please do tell, I don't know a lot about this ... Why did he shoot her anyway.. and if she did have a boyfriend on the side .. she is not the first and she will not be the last... There is no need ever to take the life of another person.. FOR ANY REASON !!!
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Just do the research, it's all on the computer. She had a man friend for 2 months after her and Randy's marriage was over. It was Randy's fault that she even met this guy. He caused the whole thing to happen. The reason he shot her was simple, if he couldn't have her, then nobody was. He must have thought he was the only fish in the sea so to speak.
He ordered her out of the house in July of 08, then when she started seeing someone else, he couldn't take it. Oct. 28th,20008 he murdered her and left her lying on a cold floor for 18 hours until she was found the next day by a neighbor, he did her like he did some of his animals.
His family of course will take up for him because he has them deceived just as he had Angela's family deceived. They love him and it is natural they would take up for him and believe his lies. Angela's family on the other hand learned this man through so many people after he murdered their daughter. They never knew how evil he was and the horrible things he had done, if they had only known, he would have NEVER been welcomed in their home. They were so good to him and in return he kills their only daughter. What a friend and son-in-law he was.
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I was one of the twelve people that deliberated on Mr. Graybeal's fate.

Some of you call me an inbread and other names just because you didn't get the verdict that you wanted. I think the name calling shows that your maturity level equals the prosecution's; which is about that of a 5 year old child. I want you to know that I did a service to my community by accepting a call to serve on a jury, and I get repaid with mean comments.

Listing to numerous testimony and seeing numerous pictures was physically and mentally draining for me. I took a lot of this case with me. Instead of seeing a grieving family on here remembering Angela's beauty and love for others, they are poking fun and calling others ugly names. It reminds me of a schoolyard yelling match.

Yes, Mr. Graybeal's family can visit him, but do you not think that tears them up? At times during the trial, I could not look at him and what he had done to himself, or the pictures of what he done to Angela. I watched both families reactions in the courtroom during closing arguments and Mr. Graybeal's family was as upset as Angela's family. This has hurt everyone involved deep to the core. I would think you all would be healing instead of being cruel to each other.

I had a difficult decision. The other 11 people that served with me did as well. Yet, I bet none of you can understand holding someone's fate in your hands. We could not agree, the judge declared a mistrial.

There are no right answers in this case. There probably won't be any justice either in this lifetime. However, you all can move on, remember Angela fondly and stop letting the hatred eat you up, or you can continue to be bitter, angry, and vindictive and cause yourself health problems. The choice is up to you.

Don't be mad at the jury. The prosecutors were young, green and above all inexperienced and childish. Blame them for not getting the verdict you wanted. If they had presented their case better, had more convincing evidence, and not ran to the judge's bench every five minutes, the case might have possibly turned out different.
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To The One Of Twelve: Glad to hear from you but I don't appreciate your decision or your comments about the district attorney's. They presented their case great, you must not have been listening or was not intelligent enough to comprehend what was being said. Part of your job was to look at his face and it was told to you at the start of the trial to not have sympathy for him because he did this to himself and he did kill Angela. Even the judge couldn't understand how you could not come up with a First degree murder charge, you had all the evidence there,he said. While the jury was out, 2 other women testified and told how evil this man was to them. Maybe you did not know this but he has threatened to kill several other women. Would this have made a difference to you? This man does not need to be back in society, God only knows who he would kill next. I don't think he has any remorse for what he did to Angela at all. He finally did what he has threatened to do for years. We know Randy's family is suffering, he didn't think of any of them when he killed her. He was a mean man, very controlling over all of his women. That's why Angela made his 4th marriage, he couldn't keep them because he was mean to all of them.
Now, how would you feel if this was your daughter, did you ever think alone that line?? Grief is something you don't get over in a matter of days. When someone murders your only daughter in the way Randy did to Angela, you have anger. Angela and her mother was very close, this family hurts beyond hurt. If this has never happened to you, then you can't begin to imagine the pain and anger. They can't even begin to heal until this mess is over with. Now they have to go through it all again, opening up the wounds, it's like receiving the news all over again. This monster destroyed our lives and our happiness. He took the joy of living away from us. Angela's daughter is pregnant with her first baby, Angela would have been beside herself with being a grandmother. He took this away from us. Yes we are angry, Yes we cry, Yes we are still grieving. I wish getting over it was as easy as your words, but you do not understand. No one understands until they have been through it.
I have served on a jury and I know exactly what it is like, I don't understand how the 12 of you saw things different. Some of you did not have an open mind to deliberated. You thought your way and was not about to change. Well 6 of you were on the right track and I thank God for them. You had all the evidence of it being premeditated murder, why are you blaming the prosecutors because they were young? If I recall, Spivey was constantly whining about one thing then another and running to the judge's bench as well. Angela's aunt worked 30 years in the courtroom and has heard case after case, we know deputies who work at Blountvile, everyone says they don't understand this jury. You had the evidence, You messed up, not the prosecutors. Thanks for nothing, thanks for making the families go through hell again.
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To one of twelve: We have a jury trial system in this country for a reason. It has its faults, but for the most part it works very well. Reading between the lines of this post, I am guessing your vote was either for an aquittal or conviction on a lesser charge.

The jury's job is to take the facts of the case and use them to make a decision. Your personal feelings of sympathy for either side shouldn't play into that decision, nor should your feelings towards the lawyers arguing the case. If I'm not mistaken, the judge admonished you on that before sending you back to deliberate.

Apparently you spent more time observing the families and Mr. Greybeal than you did listening to the facts.

Greybeal will be retried, and he most likely will be convicted. The facts of this case, absent emotion, can lead to no other verdict.

As an observer of the court system I have noticed a disturbing trend. TV junkies sitting on juries expect, maybe the better word would be demand, the same type of evidence they see presented on TV shows. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between the way crimes are worked in real life and the way they are worked on TV. On TV they take artisitc license with the law, rules of criminal procedure, etc... In real life those things can't happen. When a prosecutor steps over the line, they run the risk of a mistrial. Sometimes, rules of evidence prevent certain facts from being presented to the jury. The defense is given great lattitude, the prosecution is not.

Just remember, no matter the verdict, Mr. Greybeal is a killer. Not only is he a killer, but he is a cold blooded killer who was too cowardly to face the consequences of his own actions. So cowardly in fact that he attempted to take his own life. The scars he bears are the results of his own poor choices; nobody's fault but his own.

Angela could not be in the courtroom to tell you her side of the story, whatever that may be. If she did indeed have a boyfriend, since when did adultery become a capital offense? On the other hand, murder has been a capital offense since the beginning of time.

Feel sympathy for Angela, but there is no room for sympathy when it comes to Mr. Greybeal. Yes, his family is suffering. I am sure they feel are in pain. But, remember always, HE and HE alone caused that pain. He made the decision to pull the trigger.

You are right about one thing though. Eventually he will get what is coing to him, and that punishment will last, not for the rest of his natural life, but rather for enternity.
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Grief following a traumatic loss is a much more complicated process than normal grief. Survivors often describe it as feeling like, "they are going crazy without a roadmap of how to do it." When a loved one is murdered, the emotions of grieving, such as anger, are more intense and long lasting than in other kinds of loss. The elements of horror and cruelty in such a crime throw us into acute turmoil. We are shocked and confused, perhaps for much longer than for other kinds of loss because such an event is so difficult to comprehend. We are frequently obsessed by an overwhelming need to know the details of our loved one's death and the depth of her suffering. We are caught in a kaleidoscope of emotions: rage at the murderer, desire for revenge, sorrow at the pain of our loved one. We think we should have been able to prevent the death and are tormented by guilt. We have a hard time sleeping, and when sleep finally comes we have terrible nightmares. Those who have lost a loved one to murder have all the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Like all grief, however, the experience and process of traumatic grief is different for everyone.
Society MUST allow people to grieve without setting time limits. Don't tell someone who has had a loss that it is "time to move on". Don't tell anyone who has had a loss to "get over it". Instead, advise them to embrace their grief - to ride with it - to go with the flow of it - to feel the feelings completely. No one can go through their grief for them - they have to go it alone. Family and friends can be of support (if they are lucky) but they cannot do it for these survivors. These survivors will not be the same person when the process is over. They will need to move through grief at their own pace. Too often, well-meaning individuals who say and do the wrong things because they are uninformed about the bereavement process will complicate the Survivor's struggle.
Anger is just one of the intense emotions which are part of the typical grief experience. Not everyone feels it, but many do. It is a natural part of our self-preservation response. We know that when an animal is threatened or hurt, it will try to run away. If it cannot run, it will turn and fight. Psychologists call it the "fight or flight" response. Our minds register emotionally and physically painful situations as threats to our survival. If we cannot avoid them, we often strike out in anger.
The anger is easy to understand. If someone killed our loved one by accident or homicide, we have both a clear reason to be angry and a specific target for our anger.
"Everyone has their bad days. The last few have evidently been mine. My negativism in my remarks lately show this to be true. So in order to keep up with my current status, I'd like to say good riddance to you murderers out there who are to be executed. For anyone that feels that I have lowered myself to those criminals' level, good riddance to you, too. Let's trade. Let us resurrect Angela and put your most beloved in her place. And then you may hold yourself above the murderer and feel good because you forgive him and you let him walk free. And then, and only then, will I consider forgiving."
We try to understand why we are angry and who or what we are angry with. Anger needs a reason and a target to exist. The reason is clear - someone we love has been murdered. The target of our anger may be at someone specific such as the murderer, friends, family members or even ourselves. God is a common target. If we cannot identify a specific target, we tend to walk around like time bombs waiting to explode. Knowing why we are angry and who or what the anger is aimed at helps us control the anger rather than allowing it to control us.
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