Wellington– On Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, a Collingsworth County jury found 47-year-old Harold Bud Ham, of Turkey, guilty of the first degree felony offense of murder.
At the conclusion of the four-day jury trial, the jury sentenced Ham on Friday to life in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
“He shot him out of meanness, he shot him execution style for getting into his cooler,” Inman stated during the close in the guilt innocence phase of the trial.
Ham was arrested by then Chief Deputy Tom Heck of Hall County for the offense on Aug. 15, 2008, and made numerous confessions on that night.
Ham was previously convicted in September of 2009 and received 99 years from a Hall County Jury.
In March of 2015, Ham prevailed on a writ of habeas corpus for ineffective assistance of trial counsel in the 2009 trial. In the application, Ham executed a second supplemental affidavit stating that he would have accepted a 45 year offer from the State.
Ham was brought back to Hall County and then rejected the State’s offer and requested another jury trial.
“We were able to get all witnesses back from the previous trial and put together an altogether different presentation of the facts and evidence, which I think really worked well this time around,” said Inman.
The state called multiple witnesses during the guilt innocence phase. Larry Dozier and Joe Mark Davis were two eye witnesses to Darrel Wayne Randall’s death that night in Turkey. Texas Ranger Marshall Thomas and Sheriff Heck testified to the entire investigation that was conducted.
Jerek Brown, a forensic firearm examiner, was able to match two of three bullets collected during the autopsy to the .22 caliber firearm Ham used to shoot Randall three times that night, all to the head.
The four day jury trial ended late Friday, after the jury deliberated for thirty minutes on guilt / innocence and approximately two hours on punishment.
“Both jury trials have ended well against this Defendant,” said Inman. “We were happy with the verdict in 2009 of 99 years and the same was true with today’s verdict of life. That’s what we were asking for and that’s what they decided today since this Defendant took the life of Darrell.”
Ham will have to serve at least 30 years before he becomes parole eligible.