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Man beaten to death in Midlothian

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ERIC CORNELISON
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MIDLOTHIAN - Midlothian had its first homicide in the last five years Saturday morning, Feb. 3.

Midlothian police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Milbrook about 2:03 a.m. after Wendy Lane called and said Randall Glasser, 41, was being assaulted.

Police arrived at the scene and were confronted by John Robert Spencer 37, at the front door.

According to public information officer Britton Snipes of the Midlothian Police Department, 'Officers were told not to come in and he was not coming out.

'Officers couldn't see Spencer's right hand behind a pillar and knew there was an injured man inside.'

Snipes said one of the three officers on the scene shot Spencer below the eye with one round from a 12-gauge bean bag gun after warning him they did not want to hurt him. Spencer has a history with the Midlothian Police Department and was arrested for assault after a New Year's Eve party where Lane was the victim and Glasser was the one reporting it.

Lane and Spencer had lived together in Waxahachie until about a week ago when Lane left and moved in with Glasser on Milbrook, according to reports.

Glasser and Lane had known each other from working in the medical profession together.

'Telephone harassment began after Glasser turned off his phone Friday night,' said Snipes.

'That is when Spencer came to Midlothian and forced his way into the residence to confront the couple in the bedroom. Spencer began beating Glasser with a baseball bat and Lane ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.' Snipes said Glasser was pronounced dead at the scene by Ellis County Justice of the Peace Curtis Polk, who had the body taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.

Spencer was taken into custody and transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital by ambulance after being incapacitated by the bean bag round. Snipes said Spencer was in stable condition and was being held at Parkland under investigation of murder.

Upon his release, he will be officially charged and arraigned.

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