WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - Charges have been re-filed against a man accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death.
This comes after a judge dropped all charges against 57-year-old Gregory Randall of Laurel Mountain Wednesday. The district justice said not enough evidence was presented to sustain charges against Randall.
After his arrest, Randall told Channel 11 News that “I did love Angela. She was a nice person but mean as hell. She was the beast. Punched me in the face over 50 times.”
Prosecutors allege that he battered 52-year-old Angela Cavalero with a wine bottle and a hammer more than two dozen times in May, but District Justice Michael Mahady called the prosecutor's case against Randall "speculative."
“We’re not here to guess and speculate. The commonwealth needs to bring forth credible evidence to show somebody committed a crime,” said Defense Attorney Chris Huffman.
“Thank God,” Randall said to Holden as he walked out of court Wednesday.
"He always talked about God. God this and God that, but God didn't say murder somebody," said the victim’s mom, Mae Cavalero.
Wednesday’s ruling blindsided investigators and drew an angry response from the district attorney.
An expert testified Randall’s palm print was located near the victim’s body in what was believed to be her blood.
“It fits perfectly that he’d be striking her with the hammer or bottle of wine and be bracing himself against the wall,” said District Attorney John Peck.
Peck said he would re-file charges to prevent Randall's release from prison. The charges were re-filed Wednesday night.
“I believe in the death penalty, but I don’t want him to get the death penalty. I want him to suffer like she did,” said Mae Cavalero.
On Thursday, Channel 11 uncovered paperwork that listed new allegations including a jailhouse confession.
Investigators claim Randall told another inmate about the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend. According to the inmate, Randall said:
"First, he beat his wife with a gallon wine bottle and then used a hammer to beat the victim.”
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