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Former judge Lance Mason charged with murder of ex-wife

Ex-judge Mason charged with murder of ex-wife
Ex-judge Mason charged with murder of ex-wife
Ex-judge Mason charged with murder of ex-wife
Ex-judge Mason charged with murder of ex-wife
Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-10 14:10:02-04

Former Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason has been charged with aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, violating a protection order and grand theft in connection with the death of his ex-wife Aisha M. Fraser, who was stabbed to death at her home on Chagrin Boulevard on Nov. 17.

Shaker Heights police arrested the former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge on Nov. 17 in connection with the stabbing death of his ex-wife at her home that morning. Authorities said Mason was taken into custody after police responded to the 17000 block of Chagrin Boulevard for a domestic violence call on Saturday morning. The woman was identified as Fraser, a sixth-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights.

While standing outside the driver's door of his cruiser, a police officer responding to a domestic abuse call from Mason's sister was hit by Mason driving his Audi SUV. The officer suffered serious injuries to his lower legs and ribs, according to court documents. He was hospitalized and has since been released.

Both the SUV and the cruiser sustained disabling damage.

After the crash, Mason exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby home on Chagrin Boulevard. Police arrested Mason at that home.

Mason was charged with felonious assault of the officer on Nov. 19.

</p><p><em>The scene of the crash where police arrested Mason.

A family member said Mason attacked Fraser while she was dropping off their daughters, and that the daughters were nearby at the time of their mother's death. "When she pulled in to drop the kids off as agreed, as she was taking the children out of the car, he attacked her," Aisha's uncle, George Fraser, said. "Traumatizing them for the rest of their lives."

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On Saturday, Nov. 17, Lynn Mason, Lance's sister, called 911 to report that her brother was attacking his ex-wife. She said she thought weapons might be involved and told dispatch she was inside with his daughters. "He stabbed her, and she is dead," Lynn Mason told dispatch. Throughout the calls, Mason and Fraser's children can be heard sobbing.