A former judge in Ohio was arrested Saturday in connection with the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife, whom he brutally abused in the past.
Lance Mason served as a former prosecutor, state lawmaker and Common Pleas judge, before his was removed from his position in 2014 for the attack on his wife, Aisha Fraser Mason, reported Cleveland.com.
In Aug. 2014, a woman told police she saw an SUV slam on the brakes in the middle of the road in the afternoon and she saw “fists flying.”
Aisha Fraser Mason called 911 about 12:15 p.m. saying her husband attacked her in front of her two young children and threw her from their SUV.
“I’m afraid he’s going to hurt my daughters,” she told the dispatchers.
At the time of the attack, the couple and their daughters were driving home from a funeral when Mason had a violent outburst. Mason punched his wife 20 times and slammed her head against the dashboard of his car five times, breaking an orbital bone, all while daughters, ages 6 and 4 at the time, were in the backseat.
Eventually, Mason threw his wife from the car and drove away with the children. She later flagged someone down and was taken to a hospital.
The abuse was so bad Aisha needed to get facial reconstructive surgery.
In 2015, Mason was with assault, a second-degree felony and Aisha filed for divorce.
On Saturday, Shaker Heights police responded about 9:30 a.m. to Mason’s home after a domestic dispute. Mason had fatally stabbed Fraser, and tried to flee the scene in a black Audi SUV, but struck a Shaker Heights police cruiser.
Mason and the officer were each taken to the hospital Saturday and later in the evening, Mayor Frank Jackson terminated Mason from his current job as a minority business development director.
Fraser, 45, was remembered Saturday as a beloved Shaker Heights elementary school teacher.
“Aisha exemplified the best of Shaker Heights teachers; smart, amazingly caring of her students and her colleagues, active in her profession and in our association,” the Shaker Heights Teachers' Association said Saturday. “She is loved by many.”
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