Murder charges quietly dropped 3 months before suspect was murdered

Keith Randall should have celebrated his nineteenth birthday with his mom on Saturday, and they should be preparing for his high school graduation this spring. Instead, Keith Randall is behind bars. His mom, Lori Randall, lies in the ground beneath a headstone.

She was brutally murdered four years ago and two men were indicted for killing her, but only one was held accountable. Michael “Brandon” Gloede, 30, was convicted of manslaughter last July in connection with Lori Randall’s death.

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Gloede and his father, Michael Fred Gloede, were arrested and charged with murder on March 31, 2008. His father, who was indicted with equal responsibility, was not prosecuted.

The original arrest affidavit states the pair caused Randall’s death by “blunt force trauma to the head,” which is believed to have occurred on April 30, 2006 at the Gloede residence, in the 1500 block of West Creek Drive in Conroe. Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were contacted on May 1, 2006 by staff members of Methodist Hospital in Houston, where a medical helicopter took Randall earlier that day.

Randall died on May 4, 2006 after she was removed from life support. She was 32. Keith Randall was 15.

The arrest affidavit states that the “most significant injury discovered was a large right-sided subdural hemotoma with neurological evidence of extremely severe and most likely irreversible brain injury not compatible with life.”

According to the report, Randall’s friends and family said she was physically abused by Gloede and his father at their home on West Creek Drive and that she feared for her life if she tried to get out of the relationship.

At the time of Michael Brandon Gloede’s conviction, the phrase “awaiting trial” was used in regard to 55-year-old Michael Fred Gloede. However, that changed last October 27, when 221st District Judge Suzanne Stovall signed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against Michael Fred Gloede, citing “insufficient evidence” with the words “at this time” hand written on the same line.

Michael Fred Gloede was given a new lease on life, but his lease was terminated on Feb. 1, when someone shot him in the head and left him inside his burning home – the same home where Lori Randall spent her final conscious days.

The address was well-known to police, and not only because of Lori Randall’s death.

Montgomery County dispatch records show the following calls to the Gloede residence:

  • April 10, 2002 – warrant service
  • October 1, 2002 – suspicious person
  • August 1, 2003 – threat
  • October 28, 2005 – assault
  • February 17, 2006 – assault
  • March 28, 2006 – narcotics offense
  • September 16, 2006 – burglary

On Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Keith Ryan Randall and charged him with murdering Michael Fred Gloede. Keith is now is now in the same jail as Michael Brandon Gloede, who is awaiting transfer to a Texas Department of Corrections facility to serve his sentence.

A 15-year-old female was also arrested in connection with the crime, but her name was withheld because of her age.

MCSO Lt. Dan Norris said the girl was only a friend of Keith Randall. She was placed in the custody of the Juvenile Probation Office. She and Randall were both enrolled in Conroe ISD schools.

Norris said the motive for Gloede’s killing was still under investigation.

“The Sheriff’s Office is not prepared to say it’s because of the 2006 murder, but we will review that before the case is forwarded to DA’s office,” he said.

Many of the details could not be discussed because it might jeopardize the investigation, Norris said.

Keith Randall’s bond is set at $500,000.

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  1. wspey92

    I am someone who knows & this goes back to 20 years ago.
    Obviously you knew him in some other world.
    There is plenty of proof, by the way.
    Mr/Mrs F.Gloede: I’m sorry for you.
    I have no idea why he shot the dog,maybe the dog came after him? or Mike sicked him on him? I’m an animal lover.
    Don’t place blame unless you know.

  2. blanxie

    Who are you? Mike G. has been a good friend of mine for over 12 years. I never detected a mean bone in his body.
    I wish for Gloede-family peace, and for Lori’s family.
    The kids were in trouble, like too many teens.
    I hate what has happened, but let’s not judge for ourselves who was righteous, and who was evil.
    Poor Lori was in trouble, mostly by her own hand, I think.
    Love, to all of us.

  3. wspey92

    My family was a victim of Mike Gloede. I am very grateful Ashley was too young to remember her Father’s wrath.
    Brandon felt & saw it all to frequently, fortunately he doesn’t remember some of it either. My kids remember all too well. I almost died by Mike’s hands 3times. He was cruel,mean & nothing was ever his fault. I don’t know Keith, but I am sure he saw more than he ever needed to see or feel. I also feel Brandon might have had a better chance in life had he been raised by anyone other than Mike. My biggest regret is this:
    I had ONE chance to put him out of his misery & I couldn’t pull the trigger. For this, The Randall Family, I am truly sorry. I could of saved you some grief.

  4. Juliana18

    To everyone who is being nice about this, thank you. To the rude comments about “go hang him” is beyond hurtful. If you knew Keith you would know he was the sweetest, most caring guy. I feel for his family, I won’t name names but no one can really imagine what they’re going through until something like this happens to you yourself. I miss Keith and I hope he got rid of some of the pain he’s been building up over the years. I’ll keep you in my prayers Keith, you were and are still such a wonderful person. I wish you could come home.


  5. xliz

    I knew Keith personally. Honestly not trying to sugar coat it but was a good person with a heart to big for himself. But to everyone that has NO CLUE and is close minded ignorant (edited) should put yourself in his shoes. If someone was to kill someone close to you ESPECIALLY a mother which a child needs in life truly. Even if she had a hard past a child will NEVER STOP loving there mother. I know this personally. To have someone so special and then in moments taken away is probably one of the biggest heartbreaking things in life that’s something you’ll NEVER get back. No child should have a mother taken away at such a young age. And on top of that to have only one guy suffer his consequences and the other one set free especially when you know the killer is only not even a mile away and have to see the house everyday only to remind you, that’s where your mothers own life was taken away is pretty (edited) harsh. He should have been locked up to it’s not like he was doing anything GREAT for the society. Unlike Keith he had a lot going for him and was actually getting a education and about to graduate in May of this year. This whole case has effected me tremendously. Even though in some peoples eyes Keith didn’t do the right thing I REALLY REALLY hope he found some sort of closure although I doubt you can ever find it. I am 100% behind Keith.

  6. Cholloway89

    Lori Randall was a beautiful amazing woman who was a great mom and loved her boys. These men brutally murdered her, and one of them got off with nothing. If someone did that to my mom, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be spending the rest of my life in prison as well. Keith, Cody, and Cole are great kids, who loved their mom, and it’s sad that it had to end this way.

  7. BradleysMom23

    I definately agree with kgar and ryann I think justice was served. I dod not believe in murder, but in a case is like this you can FOR SURE say it was JUSTICE. If we had some Judges in this county or world period who cared about shit like this it would be a different story.What would you do if it were your mother—would you just let it go and live down the road from someone you know did that–or would take matters into your own hands?? I know iuf it were my mother or ANY of my family I would kill in a heartbeat, I do not believe in doing it FOR FUN I BELIEVE IN DOING IT FOR FAMILY. GOOD LUCK TO YOU Keith and I will keeo you and my family in my prayers.

  8. Ryann..Marie92

    For all of you who didnt know Keith he was a great man… He has gone thru some shit that most people havent so who are you to say that he should be hung???? Honestly did you know him?? We’re you there with his family when they went thru everything?? NO YOU WERNT!!!!! He was the nicest person that you would ever meet… He made a wrong choice in yalls eyes but to him it had to be done. That man helped kill his mom and was set free….. Lets just end this at Justice was Served… I hope you get out soon Keith…

  9. kgar_44

    I guess the law should have done things right in the first place and this never would have happened. What if this happened to you? this could happen to anyone, did everyone just expect for things to go on normally after this guy was set free and lori randalls family not have any kind of concern about it haha yeah it doesnt work like that. Keith is one of my best friends and he did what the law couldn’t do. He made justice. He had to live right down the road from this guy for three years knowing that the guy was guilty and the law wouldn’t do anything about it. I can’t even imagine the pain he must have went through. Free Keith. He’s innocent , the laws supposed to be about justice well thanks to Keith justice was served.

  10. ccp

    I just gotta wonder…an eye for an eye, right?? Why is it only ok for someone to pay for their crime if sanctioned by the government?? If someone murdered my loved one and got away with it, well let’s just say I’m very sympathetic to this young man!!

  11. blanxie

    I feel so badly for Lori, Keith’s mom. I am disconcerted, however, that no mention is made of the recent (two that I know of) break-in’s at Fred Gloede’s residence during 2009.
    Now, too many lives have ended. Two more lives are devastated in prison. SOMEONE knows the truth behind all of this.
    Too many lives were also misguided/-spent, but I believe that occurred many years ago. It’s too bad the deceased aren’t here to hash it out properly.

  12. krosstx

    I might be inclined to do that same thing that Keith Randall did if I knew that the police had dropped the ball and let someone go that had killed my mom.

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