Ex-Judge Who Viciously Beat Wife Now Accused of Killing Her

Aisha Fraser Mason was stabbed to death on Saturday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2018 9:40 AM CST

(Newser) – In August 2014, then-Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason punched his wife repeatedly and slammed her head against the car's dashboard. The force of the assault broke her orbital bone; the Ohio couple's children were in the back seat at the time. Now, Aisha Fraser Mason is dead, allegedly by the same man's hands. WKYC reports the 44-year-old Woodbury Elementary School teacher was stabbed to death Saturday morning and found in her driveway; Mason allegedly tried to flee the scene and hit a police car in the process, injuring himself and an officer. He was subsequently arrested.

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Cleveland.com reports Lance Mason was sentenced to two years in prison over the 2014 assault and served nine months. As part of his release, he wrote Fraser Mason a letter that explained he "failed as a husband, father, and a man" and would work to become better in the latter two categories; Fraser Mason filed for divorce shortly after the assault, though it hadn't been finalized at the time of her death. Mason can no longer serve as a judge and saw his law license indefinitely suspended, but he was hired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as a minority business development director. He was fired after news of the arrest broke. A GoFundMe campaign set up for the couple's daughters, one of whom Cleveland.com reports has Down syndrome, has thus far raised $76,000. (This killer's girlfriend spoke out last week.)

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