Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Former Ohio judge accused of killing estranged wife

Former Ohio judge accused of killing estranged wife

"At approximately 9:33 a.m., Shaker Heights Police responded to the 17000 block of Chagrin Blvd. for a domestic dispute", said Shaker Heights Police Commander John Cold.

Lance Mason, 51 ― who had pleaded guilty to felonious assault in 2015 after punching Aisha Fraser repeatedly in front of their children ― was taken into custody in a Cleveland suburb this weekend after his ex-wife was found dead in his driveway, according to WKYC.

In 2014, Mason was arrested after he punched her 20 times, slammed her head against the dashboard of their auto and then drove away as she lay bleeding on the ground, according to Cleveland.com. A police officer was also injured when Mason crashed into a police cruiser, the newspaper reported.

A former OH judge who already spent nine months in jail for beating his wife in front of their children, is now being accused of fatally stabbing her Saturday morning. Back in 2014, he was arrested after authorities say he attacked the same woman inside a vehicle they were in.

Mason was serving as a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge until he was removed a month after the attack. Fraser was reportedly dropping off the couple's children when she was killed by Mason, who was allegedly waiting for her at the home. According to court documents, she sued him in civil court, and was awarded a $150,000 judgment.

According to Cleveland.com, Mason wrote in a letter to Fraser as part of his petition for early release that he "failed as a husband, father, and a man".

In a statement after Fraser's slaying, the city of Cleveland acknowledged that they are aware of Mason's arrest.

Mason previously pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence and attempted felonious assault for attacking his then-wife in 2014

Mason is also a former member of the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.

Jackson said he fired Mason after he was taken into custody Saturday.

A GoFundMe for Fraser's daughters has been started by the school district where she worked.

"She touched so many of our children's lives and will be deeply missed", Wilkins said in a statement.

Morris notes that the Shaker Heights community backed Fraser as she overcame the 2014 assault, and eventually helped her return to teaching.

He added that she had an infectious smile and a hearty laugh that reverberated from the bottom of her soul.


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