Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Lance Mason was arraigned Friday morning. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of kidnapping, three counts of felony assault, domestic violence and child endangering.
Judge Mason is accused of punching his wife in the face several times, choking and biting her on Aug. 2, 2014.
A phone call from his wife alerted police there was trouble. She can be heard on a 911 call saying, "My husband just beat me and threw me out the car. My two daughters are in the car."
Arrested a short time later by
, the judge was heard on a police body camera saying, "I was going to kill myself."
The case had been on hold until last month, when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the case against Mason can proceed to trial. The hearing was delayed eight months by legal maneuvering. It ruled against Mason's request for a special prosecutor. He had claimed local prosecutors should not press his case. Prosecutors countered that he was prosecutor shopping and only made the request after they said they had asked for prison if he took a plea deal.
Mason asked for his bond to be continued at $65,000 and an order keeping him from contact with his wife be lifted. Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove continued the bond but did not lift the protection order. She did allow him to continue supervised visits with his children.
Mason is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 4. Trial is expected to begin Aug. 17.