Two Conroe students charged in man's death

February 5, 2010 9:16:00 PM PST
Two teenagers are now facing murder charges in Montgomery County, accused of killing a man and burning down his house. The victim was at one point accused of killing the mother of one of the suspects.

Both suspects are in Montgomery County Jail and both are students at a Conroe ISD alternative school.

Investigators aren't yet assigning a motive to this murder, but the family of the man who was killed believes it was a mistaken case of revenge.

It was a double-crime scene on the wooded lot with the charred wreckage of a mobile home set on fire Monday off West Creek Drive near Lake Conroe. A body found inside was that of a man who died not in the fire, but from two gunshot wounds to the head.

"He would give you the shirt off his back," said the victim's daughter, Ashley Jones.

She is the daughter of Michael Gloede, 55, who was killed five days ago and it may not have been a random crime.

Two years ago, Gloede and his son, Michael Brandon Gloede, were both charged in the death of Laurie Ann Randall. She was the girlfriend of Michael Brandon Gloede and died from a blow to the head. He was convicted of manslaughter and was now jailed. The charge against his father was dismissed last year.

On Thursday, two arrests were made in Michael Gloede's murder: a 15-year-old girl and Keith Randall, 18, the son of the woman killed in 2006.

"I still have to say we're not prepared to commit to any type of a motive in this case," said Lt. Dan Norris of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

But Gloede's had feared for his life.

"He had threatened him so many times and he was moving because of the threats," said Jones.

Police reports about the threats had been filed. Jones said Keith Randall lived one street away. His family would not comment on the arrest.

Michael Gloede's ex-wife did comment, but it was not the answer you might expect.

"He's a child and there's nothing good to come out of that," said ex-wife Susan Ferrell.

His family says that Michael Brandon Gloede's conviction is now being appealed, contending that Laurie Randall's death was not his fault.