CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Lance Mason appeared via video for arraignment in a Cuyahoga County courtroom Tuesday afternoon in the murder trial of his ex-wife.
The former judge was indicted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 29 on six charges, including aggravated murder and felonious assault.
The presiding judge at arraignment, who was brought in from Stark County after the Cuyahoga County judges recused themselves, set bond at $5 million.
Investigators say Mason repeatedly stabbed his 45-year-old ex-wife wife, Aisha Fraser, on Nov. 17 at a home on Chagrin Boulevard.
Mason was held in jail for nearly two weeks on charges related to injuring a Shaker Heights police officer while fleeing from the murder scene before he was formally indicted for the murder of Fraser.
Memorial services for Fraser, a former sixth grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary, are scheduled for December 8.
If convicted, Mason faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility for parole.