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Former judge Lance Mason pleads not guilty to charges related to ex-wife's death

Posted: 12:37 PM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2019-09-10 14:09:55-04

Former Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason appeared in court for his arraignment on charges relating to the death of his ex-wife Aisha Fraser on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $5 million.

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Mason was arraigned on the following charges in connection to the stabbing death of Fraser at her home on Chagrin Boulevard on Nov. 17: aggravated murder, murder, two counts of felonious assault, violating a protection order and grand theft According to the indictment, the grand jury of the state of Ohio found that Mason purposely and with prior calculation caused the death of Fraser and recklessly violated the terms of a protection order against her. 

Mason pleaded not guilty during the arraignment, and the judge set his bond at $5 million.

As the details of Fraser's death unraveled, local experts said domestic violence homicides are predictable.

The risk factors are very clear," Jeff Kretschmar, Case Western's Managing Director of Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education told News 5. 

Mayor Frank Jackson defended hiring Mason after he served jail time for beating Fraser back in 2014.

Records show that at the time of the homicide, Mason was employed by Cleveland after Mayor Frank Jackson hired him after serving jail time for beating the same woman in 2014. Jackson not only defended the hiring of Lance Mason, but refused to apologize to her family, or for hiring him following his release from prison.