- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2001

Thomas Randolph, 29, testified yesterday in a U.S. District Court death-penalty trial that the $100,000 a year he made dealing drugs in the mid-1990s is all gone.
"The quicker I got it, the faster it went," said Randolph to questions from James W. Rudasill Jr., attorney for Tommy Edelin, who is on trial with five others on charges of conspiracy, drug dealing, racketeering and degrees of involvement in 14 murders.
How then did Randolph pay an attorney when he worked out a plea agreement with prosecutors to testify, asked Diane Savage, attorney for Bryan Bostick, who was not named in two days of testimony by Randolph.
His wife and sister paid for the attorney with returns from their income taxes, said Randolph. Ironically, he had earlier testified that he obviously never paid income taxes on profits from his drug deals.
Randolph's testimony completed the ninth week of trial for Tommy Edelin, 33; his father, Earl "Tony" Edelin, 51; Mr. Bostick; Henry "Blue" Johnson; Marwin "Funky" Mosley, and Shelton "Mah-Luck" Marbury. If convicted, Tommy Edelin could be sentenced to death. The others could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Defense attorneys slammed Randolph's plea bargain. Randolph hopes for a recommendation from prosecutors for leniency on a 10-years-to-life penalty. Defense attorneys pointed out that Randolph has admitted more crimes of his own during his testimony, which would have meant a stiffer penalty.
Asked why he hadn't bargained for even a lesser sentence, Randolph drew laughter from attorneys and jurors with his answer. "This is a hammer," Randolph said, raising his arm. "I'm going to hit you once or twice. Which one you going to choose?"
Randolph testified he grew up in the Stanton Dwellings community in Southeast with most of the defendants, that his parents were alcoholics and a sister was on heroin, spent time in Tommy Edelin's home, frequented the recreation center where Earl Edelin was director and where drug deals were carried out, was the youngest member of the Young Young Crew, and was a running back with Tommy Edelin on the semi-pro football team from the 15th Place community.
Randolph said that although he never got crack cocaine from Tommy Edelin, it was commonly known that Tommy Edelin provided most of the cocaine. He said he shared other characteristics with Tommy Edelin.
"I never took a drink, never smoke a weed, never did drugs," like Tommy, testified Randolph.
And Earl Edelin helped Randolph get out of drug dealing in 1997 after 12 years in the operation, he testified. Randolph said the elder Edelin helped him get a job at the Prevention Center as a social services assistant, working with "extreme-risk kids."
Hanging out in "the alley" with Mr. Johnson, Mr. Marbury and other uncharged members of the Young Young Crew, later known as the One-Five Mob, Randolph said he heard them tell of three killings they had committed.
Randolph said he was happy that Robert "Junie" Keys was killed Sept. 5, 1996, because "he came down and shot people and shot up the neighborhood."
Randolph said he set out to commit murder himself, of Dale "Little Dale" Rae. With four companions, all carrying guns, they rode bicycles after dark to Mr. Rae's apartment in Stanton Terrace, and "he was lucky he didn't show up."
Randolph said he stole and possessed four guns, including an Uzi machine gun, because "it was common to carry a gun with you" and "for protection."
Mr. Johnson's attorney, Richard Gilbert, asked Randolph after the lunch recess if he had violated his oath not to discuss his testimony. Randolph said he kept his oath. He said his wife had shown him a story about the trial in The Washington Times, and he only read about his testimony.
"I don't like it at all," Randolph said, explaining that, although he and his family now live in another state, he does not feel safe now.

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