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Argyle murder suspect indicted

Ryan Matthews was indicted earlier this month by a Denton County grand jury on a murder charge in connection with a July shooting in Argyle involving his roommate. 

Ryan MatthewsCourtesy photo
Ryan Matthews
Courtesy photo

Argyle police Chief William Tackett, who's been with the department since 1992, said the homicide is believed to be the first handled by the local police department since its formation in 1981. 

About 4:20 a.m. July 31, police came upon Matthews while he was administering CPR to 57-year-old Randall Glover in the kitchen, according to an arrest affidavit. A Springfield 9mm handgun had been lying on a nearby table. 

The two men lived together at 700 Cypress St., and Matthews told police he shot Glover after breaking out of a headlock, the affidavit said. 

Matthews' case has been assigned to Bruce McFarling's 431st Judicial District Court, where county records show he was denied a court-appointed attorney. Matthews also had not notified the DA's office of a retained attorney, according to First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck. 

When police came upon Matthews and Glover in the kitchen, they confiscated the gun on the kitchen table and took Matthews to a patrol car outside. 

As Argyle paramedics tended to Glover, Matthews told police he and Glover were involved in a fight that turned physical, according to the affidavit. He said Glover placed him in a headlock, but he eventually broke free. 

Matthews said he then picked up the pistol and shot Glover in the neck before calling 911, according to the document. 

Glover was pronounced dead at the scene. According to his obituary, Glover was born in Sherman and grew up in Garland before moving to Argyle. He had two daughters and two grandchildren. 

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.