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Julia Rothon ANDREWS

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Altercation
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 28, 2012
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: July 21, 1954
Victim profile: Randy Peddy, 42
Method of murder: Shooting (.22 rifle)
Location: Vidor, Orange County, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to 44 years in prison on August 8, 2013
 
 

 
 

OC woman sentenced to 44 years for murder

TheRecordLive.com

August 8, 2013

A jury of six women and three men sentenced Julia Andrews, 59, of Vidor to 44 years in prison for the murder of 42-year-old Randy Peddy, of Vidor. She could have received up to 99 years in prison for the first degree felony charge.

She will have to serve 22 years before she is first eligible for parole. Andrews stared straight ahead as the sentence was read but wiped tears from her eyes. A juror later said Andrews’ self-defense claim was not even part of the equation when making their decision. When deciding the punishment they started at 50 years and deducted the number as they considered factors such as her health and age.

This is not the first time Andrews faced felony charges. She was already on felony probation from a charge in Hardin County. Andrews stated she had given someone money to purchase a prohibited substance which was going to be given to an inmate in jail that resulted in the charges.

On Wednesday, following a guilty verdict Andrews took the stand.

“I am so sorry,” she said tearfully. “I shot my best friend. I lost him too so I know what they are going through.”

Jack Peddy, only shook his head side to side while looking at the ground as if unable to look at the woman who killed his son.

Andrews stated she was hoping for manslaughter charges and to get probation.

“I shot Randy and killed him, but I didn’t murder him,” she said on the stand.

Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland asked Andrews about some of her statements in jail during her visits with family and friends on a recorded line.

One of which she stated if Peddy was on fire, she would not extinguish the flames. Andrews stated she did not recall saying it.

Jack Peddy declined to make a victim impact statement, but did say on the stand, his son was an alcoholic and due to his state of mind on the day of the murder, he tried to keep his son at his house. He also said how much he missed his son.

The events leading up to Randy Peddy’s death began when he went to Andrews’ house in November 2012 on the premise of repairing her muffler on her car. Andrews had discovered he was drinking vodka when a bottle fell out of his pocket. From experience, she said she knew that was not a good thing and took him to his father’s house. Peddy returned later in the day still intoxicated.

At first he was visiting with other family members. But, he approached her when he wanted to talk about his relationship with her daughter. She didn’t think that was a good idea and told him no.

Later, court testimony would reveal, Andrews had been involved with Peddy in a relationship. When the pair were together, they were said to be very openly affectionate. But, on Andrews’ birthday in July, instead of attending her party he went to the beach with her daughter Jackie Uzell. They soon began dating and he ended the relationship with Andrews.

“Her feelings were hurt,” said Kailee Hunt, 21, during testimony.

When Uzell called the residence Andrews told her Peddy was there. Uzell, concerned about her mother, called for police to go check on her mother at the residence.

When the officer arrived in the 1400 block of Terry Road, Andrews told him “everything was OK.” So, the officer left.

After the police were called, Randy Peddy became angry and the situation began to escalate.

About an hour later, Peddy went outside and began hitting her vehicle with the foundation blocks. She attempted to stop him but in her statement told officers he pushed and hit her. She also stated Peddy had never hit her before.

Andrews said she repeatedly told him to stop destroying her vehicle.

She went into her house and retrieved a .22 rifle which had been kept loaded behind her bedroom door and went back out onto the porch.

“When I went to get the gun, I wasn’t going to shoot him. I just wanted to scare him,” Andrews said. “All I wanted was for him to just leave.”

When Peddy saw the rifle, he dared her to shoot him.

Andrews stated Peddy began coming towards her and she just “started shooting.”

Andrews fired three shots. Witnesses testified the shots were only seconds apart. But, Andrews in her taped statement said she first fired a “warning shot.” The first shell casing was found near the front door. The other closer to the railing of the porch. The third shell casing was found a few months later on the porch.

“I was just trying to get him to quit destroying my car,” Andrews said.

According to evidence and court testimony by pathologist Dr. Robert Lyons, Peddy was shot in the heart by a single bullet which also penetrated his spine. His blood alcohol level was 0.261 and he had a small amount of diazepam, a muscle relaxant, in his system.

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland, used a tape measure to show jurors how far Andrews was from Peddy when she shot him. Peddy was about 35 feet away from the side of the porch when the gun was fired.

As the friends and families of Julia Andrews and Randy Peddy, left the courtroom, they quietly said their goodbyes to each other. Some will always be a part of each other’s lives since they are permanently intertwined with children and relationships. No matter what, they will always agree as to what was said during testimony, “Everybody loved Randy, you can’t help but love him.”


Vidor woman found guilty of murder

TheRecordLive.com

August 7, 2013

Julia Andrews, 59, of Vidor was found guilty Wednesday afternoon on charges of murder.

She murdered Randy Peddy, 42, of Vidor in November 2012 following an altercation in the 1400 block of Terry Road.

During the trial, it was submitted into evidence Peddy was intoxicated when he threw foundation blocks through the windshield and back window of her vehicle which was parked at her residence.

Andrews retrieved a .22 rifle from her bedroom and fired it three times from her front porch. One of the bullets struck Peddy in the chest. Autopsy reports indicated the bullet struck his heart and spine.

She never denied shooting Peddy, but claimed she feared for her life.

The punishment phase began Wednesday afternoon. Jurors will decide her fate Thursday. She faces up to 99 years or life in prison for the first degree felony.


Vidor woman on trial for murder

TheRecordLive.com

August 7, 2013

The trial of Julia Andrews, 59, of Vidor, who is accused of murdering 42-year-old Randy Peddy began on Monday in the 260th District Court with Judge Buddie Hahn presiding.

Deputy Greg Harbison, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was the first to take the stand. He testified he was called out at 8:40 p.m. in November 2012 to the 1400 block of Terry Road in Vidor. When he arrived he was told by Andrews, Peddy was intoxicated and he was about to lay down. She also told Harbison, “Everything was OK.”

Harbison stated he returned to the residence about 9:40 p.m. on a disturbance call where he found Peddy deceased laying by the driveway in a fetal position.

“She told me she had shot him,” he said.

He added, Andrews also repeatedly told him, “she was sorry.”

According to court testimony, Andrews also told the officer she and Peddy had gotten into an altercation after he threw foundation blocks on her 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier causing the front,rear and driver’s side windows to be smashed.

State exhibits entered into evidence were pictures which showed redness on her face, neck, and shoulder. Also admitted was a photo of her arm which showed abrasions. However, a mug shot taken a few hours later does not show the red marks.

Texas Ranger Bobby Smith was the next to take the stand.

After Andrews was transported to the OCSO, Smith met with her and took a videotaped statement. At first, Andrews sobbed while she gave the statement. Then she gained her composure as she told of the events which unfolded over the course of the day.

Andrews stated on the day of the incident, Peddy had come to her house earlier on the premise of repairing her muffler on her car. She had discovered he was drinking vodka when a bottle fell out of his pocket. From experience, she said she knew that was not a good thing and took him to his father’s house. Peddy returned later in the day still intoxicated. At first he was visting with other family members. But, he approached her when he wanted to talk about his relationship with her daughter. She didn’t think that was a good idea and told him no.

Later, court testimony would reveal, Andrews had been involved with Peddy in a relationship. When the pair were together, they were said to be very openly affectionate. But, on Andrews’ birthday in July, instead of attending her party he went to the beach with her daughter Jackie Ezell. They soon began dating and he ended the relationship with Andrews.

“Her feelings were hurt,” said Kailee Hunt, 21, who lived at the residence.

Ezell, called the residence and Andrews told her Peddy was there.

Ezell, concerned about her mother, called for police to go check on her mother at the residence which set of the deadly chain of events.

“I really didn’t think my daughter would call the law,” she said. “I mean, that’s her boyfriend.”

Andrews said Peddy became angry when he was told the officers were there for him. Andrews attempted to make him lay down again, but failed.

After the police were called, he became angry and the situation began to escalate.

Peddy had gone outside and began hitting her vehicle with the foundation blocks. She attempted to stop him but in her statement told officers he pushed and hit her. She also stated Peddy had never hit her before.

Andrews said she repeatedly told him to stop destroying her vehicle.

She went into her house and retrieved a .22 rifle which had been kept loaded behind her bedroom door and went back out onto the porch.

“When I went to get the gun, I wasn’t going to shoot him. I just wanted to scare him,” Andrews said. “All I wanted was for him to just leave.”

When Peddy saw the rifle, he dared her to shoot him.

Andrews stated Peddy began coming towards her and she just “started shooting.”

Andrews fired three shots. Witnesses testified the shots were only seconds apart. But, Andrews in her taped statement said she first fired a “warning shot.” The first shell casing was found near the front door. The other closer to the railing of the porch. The third shell casing was found a few months later on the porch.

“I was just trying to get him to quit destroying my car,” Andrews said.

According to evidence and court testimony by pathologist Dr. Robert Lyon, Peddy was shot in the heart by a single bullet which also penetrated his spine. His blood alcohol level was 0.261 and he had a small amount of diazepam, a muscle relaxant, in his system.

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland, used a tape measure to show jurors how far Andrews was from Peddy when she shot him. Peddy was about 35 feet away from the side of the porch when the gun was fired.

‘I didn’t mean to kill him. I loved him,” Andrews said in the recorded statement. “But, I didn’t love his ways.”

Kailee Hunt was at the residence when the incident occurred. She testified she had called 9-1-1 when the incident began before Andrews got the gun. A recorded call was played in court. She pleaded with the dispatcher to send help.

“Please hurry, please!” she cried.

A few minutes later Andrews entered the house and put the gun back behind her door in her bedroom.

Paul Arceneaux, investigator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, testified there were five live rounds remaining in the gun when it was found.

Andrews staggered to the chair in the living room and sat down. She began to sob and said she had shot Peddy, according to court testimony.

Hunt, still on the phone with dispatchers reluctantly went outside to check on Peddy who was gasping for air.

“I was afraid he would get up and attack me,” Hunt said.

She heard emergency personnel coming and didn’t check on Peddy any further.

Hunt said on the stand Peddy had a tire iron in his hand when he was fighting with Andrews, but no tire iron was found at the scene by investigators.

The state and the defense attorney, Greg Dumas, rested Tuesday afternoon.

Dumas called one witness to the stand. Sandra Moore-Turner told jurors she never saw Peddy “lay a finger” on anybody in the house.

During a visit to the Orange County Jail in February, on a recorded line, Andrews told Turner, she would make a good witness and should mention how they feared for their lives.

Closing arguments will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The case will then go the jury of six women and three men for deliberations.

If convicted of the first degree murder charges, Andrews faces up to 99 years or life in prison.


Death Investigation in Vidor

OCSheriffsOffice.com

29 November 2012

For Immediate Release:

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, around 9:45 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a disturbance at residence in the 1400 block of Terry Road in Vidor. While the caller was speaking to the Dispatcher, the caller stated that gunshots could be heard outside the residence.

Once Deputies arrived on scene, they located a white male lying lifeless in the yard of the residence. Emergency medical personnel with Acadian Ambulance and the Vidor Fire Department arrived on scene and determined the male subject was deceased.

The Orange County Homicide Investigation Team was notified and was dispatched to the scene. There were several witnesses at the residence, including the actor. All were brought in for questioning to determine what occurred. The names of the witnesses and actor are not being released at this time.

The deceased male was identified as Randy Peddy w/m, age 42 (DOB: 12-08-69). Justice of the Peace Judge Price arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy. The deceased victim was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue.

The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are being assisted by the Cities of Vidor, Orange, Bridge City and West Orange Police Departments, as well as the Texas Rangers.

UPDATE: JULIA RHOTON ANDREWS, W/F, Age 58 (DOB 07/21/1954) was brought to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where she was interviewed by investigators concerning this incident. ANDREWS advised that she and Randy Peddy had gotten into a verbal and physical altercation and she confessed to shooting and killing Randy Peddy. JULIA ANDREWS was arrested for Murder and booked into the Orange County Correctional Facility. Bond has been set at $250,000.

Sgt. Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

 

 

 
 
 
 
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