Randy Triplett robbed and butchered his father, his stepmother

In 2016, Clay County, Alabama became the last place in the state to legalize alcohol. According to locals, it’s a place known for being peaceful.

That composure was shattered on June 28, 2001, by a frantic 911 call that reportedly led to the discovery of a double murder “Floribama Murders” ventilation Saturdays at 9/8c on oxygen.

Billy and Debbie Triplet, a couple that ran a grocery store in rural Barfield, Alabamawere found brutally beaten in their home.

Debbie, 44, was in the kitchen. Her blood-stained purse, which had been ransacked, was near her body.

“Her skull was crushed and her throat was cut with a knife,” said Captain Joe Nabors, a retired member of the Alabama Bureau of Investigations who was handling the case.

Billy, 52, was in the living room. He had been hit in the head and nearly decapitated, according to Agent Todd Wheeles, a retired member of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation who knew the victims. ”

The house was examined for possible murder weapons, fingerprints and footprints. Detectives found that “narc” had been written in lipstick on a wall in the living room.

Debbie’s children, Michael and Michelle Lambert, and Billy’s son, William Randall “Randy” Triplett, arrived at the scene. While waiting outside, investigators found an empty cash box in a car. It suggested that money was the motive for the murder.

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According to Michelle Lambert, when her mother closed the country store, she simply removed all of the cash withdrawals. When they reopened the store, she replaced him. Did someone know this and decided to steal it?

Investigators retraced Debbie’s steps. After closing up shop, she had dinner with Michael. She is said to have arrived home around 10 p.m. “Her murder must have happened around this time,” investigators said.

Detectives had two theories for the murders: a botched robbery or a drug-related double homicide. However, they found no evidence that the triplets were involved in any drug crimes or narcotics investigation.

she felt that “narc” was scrawled on the wall to mislead them. However, several witnesses stated that Billy secretly sold beer and liquor. Investigators also learned that he had incidental gambling businesses, including poker machines, in the back of the store. they also discovered Debbie clearing out the machines — $1 and $5 bills — at the end of the night. She always put the money in her purse.

Detectives also found that Billy had been robbed at the store in February: “Three guys came into the store and taped Billy up and put him in the cooler,” Michelle Lambert told producers.

Billy was able to free himself. Due to the illegal dealings Billy was involved in, the incident was never reported. However, detectives had no way of connecting this robbery and the murder.

Then, A call from someone in the community changed the course of the case. The caller reported seeing Randy Triplett shopping at Walmart with a wad of cash.

“That was unusual,” Wheeles said. “Randy didn’t have any money. He didn’t work. He owed money for child support.”

At the time of the murders, Randy was living with his grandmother, less than two miles from his father’s home. According to investigators, word had gotten around town that Randy and Debbie weren’t getting along — and that he was using drugs.

According to Wheeles, Billy repeatedly supported Randy. “Debbie had told Billy [that] Eventually he has to sink or swim alone,” he said. Randy was angry that his stepmother took this position.

Wheeles confronted Randy about the cash he was carrying, and Randy claimed that high school classmates made a collection and gave him $600. However, Wheeles knew these classmates and realized that Randy was lying.

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Wheeles had other questions for Randy, including his whereabouts at the time of the murders. Randy said he watched football with his dad that night.

“Randy told us as he left his father’s house that he had a flat tire about a mile from his father’s house,” Wheeles said.

Randy’s alibi seemed clear. But another unexpected phone call put Randy back in the spotlight. The man said he was in possession of $1 and $5 bills that he believed had blood on them. Randy had given him the money to keep.

Randy confirmed it was his money, and claimed he found the small bills in his father’s closet. But the investigators had their doubts. They had gone through the house with a fine comb.

Detectives searched Randy’s car and a smeared bloody fingerprint was found during the search. Randy claimed he injured himself weeks earlier.

The bloody print was sent along with the bloodstained cash for DNA analysis. That took six to eight weeks at the time.

“DNA was the best way we had to solve this case,” Nabors said.

While waiting for the DNA results, the case took a turn. Billy’s car, parked in his driveway, disappeared. It turned out that Randy took the car, forged his father’s signature and sold the vehicle.

Randy was charged with vehicle theft and forgery.

“The intention was to lock him up until we got the forensic report back,” Wheeles said.

DNA results revealed that Debbie Triplett’s blood was on the smeared print in Randy’s car and on the $1 and $5 bills.

Randy Triplett was arrested for the murder of his father and stepmother. On June 23, 2004, prosecutors in Clay County, Alabama prepared to put Randy on trial, according to Floribama Murders.

They theorized that Randy and his father had a fight the night of the murders. He killed Billy Triplett, and when Debbie Triplett got home, he viciously beat and stabbed her.

Randy denied any guilt and insisted his flat tire was his alibi.

But prosecutors claimed Randy had plenty of time to murder his parents: “It doesn’t take as long as you think to kill someone like that,” Wheeles said.

The jury found Randy guilty of the capital murder of his father and stepmother. reports wvtm13.com. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. On April 7, 2016, Randy Triplett, 45, hanged himself in prison.

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