A former Ohio judge who served nine months behind bars for beating his then-wife in 2014 was rearrested after she was found stabbed to death last weekend.
Shaker Heights police said a 911 call from Aisha Fraser’s home led to the arrest of her estranged husband, Lance Mason, 51, on Saturday. A police spokesperson told BuzzFeed that charges in connection with her death are pending but should be filed sometime Monday.
According to Cleveland.com, Mason is charged with felonious assault for allegedly crashing his SUV into a police cruiser after killing Fraser, an elementary school teacher. Court documents stated that Mason was fleeing the murder scene when the crash occurred.
Three sources told the local news outlet that Mason killed Fraser at her home Saturday morning; the medical examiner said she was found dead in her driveway.
The ex-Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge previously served nine months of a two-year prison sentence for a 2014 attack that left Fraser with a broken orbital bone and injuries that required reconstructive surgery. WCMH reported that, while driving home after a funeral, Mason punched Fraser approximately 20 times and slammed her head against the dashboard five times—all in front of their two daughters, aged four and six.
Court documents acquired by the news station stated that Fraser sued Mason in civil court and was awarded $150,000.
Though Mason was removed from the bench a month after the August 2014 incident, the City of Cleveland hired him in 2017 as their director of minority business administrator. City officials confirmed Mason’s immediate termination in light of his latest arrest.
Cleveland.com reported that the officer Mason allegedly crashed into Sunday remains hospitalized. Police said their investigation is “ongoing.”
Former Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason allegedly stabbed his ex-wife to death this morning, attempted to kill himself and then tried to flee from the scene, colliding with a police cruiser. Mason and the officer were both transported to the hospital. @wkyc pic.twitter.com/xMcbnbsm8A
— Jordan Miller (@J_MillerTV) November 17, 2018
[Featured Image: Lance Mason, Ohio Department of Corrections; Aisha Fraser/Shaker Heights Schools]