SEASIDE — A 50-year-old man convicted last month of first-degree murder in a Seaside cold case from 1995 has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison plus nine additional years, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced Tuesday.
On May 23, a jury convicted Anthony Martezz Randall of fatally shooting 22-year-old Lloyd Joseph Perkins Jr., who was found shot to death on Amador Avenue in September 1995. The conviction comes nearly 27 years after the original crime took place.
Eventually turning cold, the Seaside Police Department reopened the investigation last year with the help of the DA’s Office Cold Case Task Force, a group launched in 2020 to bring fresh eyes and technology to local investigations left unresolved. It was through this renewed investigation that police yielded new witnesses with additional information, who ultimately implicated Randall in Perkins’ murder.
According to a press release from the DA’s Office, Perkins had a child with a woman that Randall used to date and who had recently ended her relationship with Randall. One week before the 1995 murder, Randall forcibly entered the woman’s house, beat her and tried to rob Perkins at gunpoint, the DA’s Office said.
Evidence presented during an 11-day trial — which took place in May — showed that on the night of the murder, Randall argued on the phone with the woman, traveled to the apartment where Perkins and the woman were visiting friends, disabled the vehicle they had driven there, and waited in the darkness before ambushing, killing and robbing Perkins, according to the DA’s Office. Three witnesses testified at trial that they heard Randall admit to the murder.
The trial culminated in a jury conviction of Randall. Further, the jury found true an enhancement that Randall personally used a firearm in the commission of the crime. The judge in the case, Rafael Vazquez, also found true that Randall had a prior serious and violent felony conviction for assault with a firearm back in 1990, finding it within the meaning of the state’s three-strikes law.
The case was investigated by Seaside police Detectives Joshua Parker and Gabriel Suarez, Seaside police acting Cmdr. Matthew Doza, and district attorney investigators Rachel Maldonado, Peter Austen and Alicia Cox. Seaside Interim Police Chief Nicholas Borges also provided substantial support and resources.
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