Clinic Shooting Suspect Appears In Court

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man accused of shooting his wife to death in the Cleveland Clinic lobby was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Ricardo Leon, 40, of Westlake, appeared Monday in Cleveland Municipal Court on one count each of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. He was expected to enter a plea at a Dec. 13 hearing.

Leon is accused of shooting his wife, Monica Leon, 34, as she arrived for work Saturday at the clinic, said police spokeswoman Lt. Sharon MacKay. She died about 11 hours after the 6:30 a.m. shooting.

Monica Leon and her ex-husband, Lewis Foster, of Cleveland, talked for about 20 minutes in his car before she started walking toward the hospital entrance, MacKay said. She then saw her husband approach with a handgun and tried to get back in the car, but Ricardo Leon kept shooting, hitting Foster in the forearm, MacKay said.

Leon then followed his fleeing wife into the hospital lobby and shot her in the head, MacKay said.

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