Co-defendant in 2010 double homicide pleads, sentenced
One of the two people accused of a double homicide in Franklin in 2009 pleaded guilty in 16th Judicial District Court this morning.
Randy Anthony Joseph, 20, of Talbot Street, and Jamichael Lashawn Hudson, 17, of 802 Abbirene St., were indicted in March 2010 on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Audrey Picard, 75, and Larry Guillory, 49, on Feb. 4, 2010 on Darce Lane in Franklin.
Joseph appeared before Judge James R. McClelland this morning, according to sources close to the case. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
Judge McClelland handed down two life sentences without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Joseph was represented by public defender Michael Caffery. Assistant District Attorney Vincent Borne served as prosecutor.
Sources say Joseph could not receive the death penalty because he was found by a medical review panel to have a low IQ making him borderline mentally disabled.
The co-defendant, Hudson, who was 16 at the time of the murders, was to be tried as an adult by order of McClelland in March 2010. His trial will be held later this year.
According to news reports at the time of the murders police were contacted by a concerned citizen who did not get an answer at the 6 Darce Drive residence of Picard and Guillory.
An officer found the residence unsecured and “when she pushed the door open she observed a black male bleeding from the face and called headquarters for detectives,” Franklin Police stated in affidavits on the case.
There were signs of forced entry, and the officer “located two subjects in the living room deceased.”
Joseph and Hudson were developed as suspects and charged March 2.
Hudson is awaiting trail.