Former judge to be arraigned in ex-wife's stabbing death

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker charged in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife is scheduled in court on aggravated murder and other charges.

Lance Mason's arraignment Tuesday is in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County court, where he was a judge before he was imprisoned nine months for assaulting his then-wife several years ago.

A woman at the office of Mason's attorney, Fernando Mack, said Mack had no comment.

The 51-year-old Mason was taken into custody after authorities found Aisha (ah-EE'-shah) Fraser dead Nov. 17 at a Shaker Heights home. Mason's sister told a 911 dispatcher that Mason stabbed Fraser.

Mason has been in custody on a felonious assault charge for a subsequent crash into a police cruiser as he allegedly fled.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.