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Former judge pleads not guilty in ex-wife’s stabbing death

December 4, 2018

This undated photo provided by Ohio Department of Corrections shows Lance Mason. Mason, a former Cleveland-area judge who spent nine months in prison for beating his wife at the time is now a suspect in her stabbing death over the weekend and is likely to be charged, authorities said Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Ohio Department of Corrections via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife.

Lance Mason’s bond was set Tuesday at $5 million.

Messages seeking comment were left for his appointed attorneys, Kevin Spellacy and Thomas Shaughnessy.

Mason was arraigned in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County court, where he was a judge before he was imprisoned nine months for assaulting his then-wife several years ago.

The 51-year-old Mason was arrested after authorities found Aisha (ah-EE’-shah) Fraser dead Nov. 17 at a home in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Mason’s sister told a 911 dispatcher that Mason stabbed Fraser.

Authorities say Mason subsequently crashed into a police cruiser as he allegedly fled.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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