Arroyo Grande child murderer denied parole
May 15, 2014
A man convicted in the 1979 murder of a 10-year-old Arroyo Grande girl scheduled to testify against a suspected child molester was denied parole Wednesday. It will be three years before he will be eligible for another hearing. [Tribune]
The parole board found Randy Dale Cook, 52, unsuitable for release for the seventh time.
In 1979, Tameron “Tami” Carpenter was in line to testify against William Record, 54, who was accused of molesting both Carpenter and her older sister. After Carpenter was discovered in a shallow grave near Avila Hot Springs, investigators learned Record had paid his stepdaughter, BranDee Tripp, her husband, Hilton Tripp, and Hilton Tripp’s friend, Cook, $1,000 to end the girl’s life.
In July 1979, BranDee Tripp brought the girl to Cook and Hilton Tripp who severely beat her. Each man then took one end of a rope they had wrapped around the child’s neck and pulled until they killed her.
For their roles in Carpenter’s murder, BranDee Tripp and Record were convicted of second-degree murder while both Cook and Hilton Tripp were convicted of first-degree murder. BranDe Tripp was paroled in 2008, Record died in prison in 1984, and Hilton Trip and Cook both remain incarcerated.