Thomas Randolph, a Las Vegas man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his sixth wife and then killing the hitman, is making an unusual request to the judge presiding over his case.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the 62-year-old requested to wear his #9 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys jersey instead of a traditional shirt and tie most incarcerated male defendants wear during trial.
Randolph waited nearly nine years for his double murder trial. The Review-Journal pointed out that Romo lost 44-6 to the rival Philadelphia Eagles on the final Sunday in Dececember 2008, the last game Randolph could have seen as a free man. "He didn’t reveal whether donning the attire was intended as a legal tactic."
When asked why Randolph requested the sports apparel, one of his lawyers, Special Public Defender Clark Patrick, said simply: “Because he’s a Cowboys fan.”
It’s unclear whether any of the 16 jurors, including four alternates, are fans of the team, wrote the Journal.
Defense lawyers told the newspaper that Randolph is unlikely to get his wish of wearing his prized shirt, as the uniform top would have to be processed through the jail as part of his trial wardrobe.
Randolph's criminal history seems quite brutal, as detailed in the Journal. One has to assume the news, should Romo ever catch wind of it, is likely to make the former starting QB uncomfortable.
Romo, 37, recently retired after 12 NFL seasons to take a broadcasting position with CBS. He passed for 34,183 yards, 248 TDs and 117 INTs.