Former judge to be arraigned in ex-wife's stabbing death

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 charged in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife is scheduled in court on aggravated murder and other charges.
Lance Mason’s arraignment Tuesday is 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.
A woman at the office of Mason’s attorney, Fernando Mack, said Mack had no comment.
The 51-year-old Mason was taken into custody after authorities found Aisha (ah-EE’-shah) Fraser dead Nov. 17 at a Shaker Heights home. Mason’s sister told a 911 dispatcher that Mason stabbed Fraser.
Mason has been in custody on a felonious assault charge for a subsequent crash into a police cruiser as he allegedly fled.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted.