Family speaks out after Ind. grandmother convicted of shooting son-in-law


by WHAS11

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 11:33 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A 75-year-old grandmother who killed her son-in-law may have given a reason for why she shot him in the back of the head. Now for the first time the victim's family is speaking out and they say it’s “all lies.”

“It’s not fair that I have to talk to my dad's pictures, his headstone because I can't see him, I can't talk to him and I have no time left to spend with him,” said Stephanie Aguilar, Douglas Randolph’s daughter.

“He was awesome.  I miss that because I lost a big part of myself when he got killed,” said Kim Barnes, Randolph’s sister.

Douglas Randolph's murder had been a mystery to many since he was shot in August of 2011. His 75-year-old mother-in-law killed him when he came to pick her up at her New Albany home.

So why did this woman pull the trigger on her own family?

Last week we may have gotten an answer when WHAS 11’s Renee Murphy asked her this question.
“Would you like to say anything?”

“Yes I would,” said Nettie Luckett.  “Every week you'll watch the news and there is another child being molested.  I think people need to get together and try to change the law against child molesters and put them in prison for life without parole.”

Was she talking about a motive?

The victim's family says it was something Luckett had worked up in her head.

“The thing I want cleared up more than anything is that he was innocent. He was completely innocent, he never ever would hurt anyone and the accusations from her are completely and have been proven to be made up,” said Aguilar.

Prosecutor Steve Owen said they investigated the claims and came up with nothing on Randolph.

“All I know is there is no evidence that Mr. Randolph was anything other than a decent man who was well loved by all of his family members. There is no abuse of any family member that there are any facts to.  I don't know why she would say that,” said Owen.
Randolph's family says they know what the murder was really all about.

“What it all comes down to is jealously an obsession and her being in control,” said Aguilar.

Luckett spent every week babysitting Randolph's four-year-old son.

Randolph's daughter says Luckett was very attached to the little boy and didn't want to be separated from him.

“There was talk about him going to pre-school and that was her fear not having him. She was obsessed,” said Aguilar.

They say that's what really drove Luckett to violence - not the allegations.

“It's horrible to lose him and it just makes it that much worse to know that's it’s over something that is so far-fetched, so untrue.”

“I just wish she would have called the police and had it checked out. I’d rather my brother be in jail to where I can go see and talk to him instead of going to the cemetery. It's not fair. It's not fair for her to take my brother's life,” said Barnes.

The family says they will never be the same. Now they have to defend their loved one's memory, a man they say was innocent and was the victim of a lie.