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Hampton man’s bond remains at $1,000,000; murder trial date not yet set

This news story was published on January 15, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A Hampton man’s bond remains set at a million dollars after he pled not guilty to murdering his girlfriend last month.

Ronald Lee Rand, age 60, faces a charge of murder in the first degree. Hampton police say that on Sunday December 13, 2015, at approximately 5:48 PM, Franklin County Dispatch received a call of a possible suicidal subject at 621 1st Street NE in Hampton. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the victim, 51-year-old old Michelle Key of Waterloo, was deceased with a gunshot wound.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) appeared on the scene, and the Hampton Police Department was assisted in investigating the shooting death by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Medical Examiner, Franklin County Attorney’s Office, and Franklin General Ambulance.

Rand was soon arrested, jailed, and later moved to the Cerro Gordo county jail to await court proceedings.

On January 12, Rand and his public defender, Susan Flander, filed a not-guilty plea. Bond was earlier set at a million dollars, and a request to lower that amount was denied this week. He remains jailed in Mason City as he awaits a trial scheduling conference on January 29. A jury trial will be set for a later date.



Lee Rand residence

Lee Rand residence

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3 Responses to Hampton man’s bond remains at $1,000,000; murder trial date not yet set

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    Bookie Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Glad he got flanders, he killed a women so he gets a worthless women for his attorney. Lifes a bitch then ya get one to help ya.. Cya

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    My Beaver Hurts Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    His attorney if Flanders? His goose is cooked.

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      Frequency Modulation Reply Report comment

      January 15, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Flanders loses every case.