SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Former Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge and former state senator Lance Mason, who spent nine months in prison for beating his then-wife in front of their children, is now accused of stabbing his former wife, Aisha Fraser, 45, to death.
Mason was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Aisha Fraser Mason, at her home on Chagrin Boulevard near Normandy Road, the sources said.
The house where the stabbing happened is near where police reported that a Shaker Heights police officer was hit by a car fleeing a domestic violence incident. The officer, was taken to the hospital and his condition was unknown. Mason has been charged with felonious assault for injuring that officer.
Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are at the scene assisting Shaker Heights police.
Shaker Heights police did not respond to multiple messages until more than seven hours after the slaying, when the department issued a release stating only that Fraser Mason had been killed and that Lance Mason had been arrested.
The refusal by the department to release details of the case manner continues the pattern of four years ago, when the suburb failed for more than 36 hours to provide its resident with an account of Mason’s attack on his wife.
During that attack, Mason was accused of biting his wife, punching her in the face several times, and choking her while driving in Shaker Heights with their children, ages 6 and 4, in the backseat. Mason then threw his wife out of the car, and continued beating her, eventually leaving her on the side of the road. Fraser then had to flag down help, and 911 call, while she begged police had to locate the her children.
A family member also called police citing concerns that Mason might attempt suicide. Officers searching his home at the time found smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, a sword, a bulletproof vest and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition from the home.
Prosecutors charged Mason with assault, a second-degree felony which carries between two years and eight years in prison. Charging documents show Judge Mason choked, punched and bit his wife, whose orbital bone was fractured during the alleged attack. Mason served 9 months total for the assault.
After Mason’s release from prison, he was hired by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as a minority business development director. The city said in a statement later in the day Saturday that Jackson fired Mason from his $45,000-per-year job because of his arrest. Jackson told FOX 8 he stands by the hiring, saying he had no way to predict the future. Jackson said people deserve second changes.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Aisha Fraser, especially to her children,” Jackson said in a statement.
Lizette Jordan, who identified herself as a longtime friend of the Masons, spoke well of both Mason and Fraser Mason. She said she wasn’t aware of any issues between the two after the 2014 domestic violence incident.
“The only issues they ever had is when they argued about the girls,” Jordan said, referring to their two children. “He really loved those girls though.”