Columbus murder suspect has long history of domestic violence

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Columbus man accused of murdering his wife has been charged with domestic violence 10 times in the last three years, but only convicted once.

Lenzell Weston, 36 is accused of shooting and killing his wife, 34-year-old Monique Weston in the couple’s northeast Columbus home.

“We got a call from a child in the home that heard gunshots,” said Sgt. Dave Sicilian, with the Columbus Homicide Division. “The male suspect fled out through the back door.”

Court records show a long history history of domestic violence charges against Lenzell Weston. Most of the incidents happened at the same home where Monique Weston would eventually be found dead.

In April 2013, he was charged with misdemeanor assault and domestic violence. That case was dismissed two months later.

Shortly after the first case was dismissed, Lenzell Weston was arrested on another charge of domestic violence and assault. That case was dismissed after the victim refused to testify. The same happened with a December 2013 case.

In 2014, Lenzell Weston was indicted on a charge of domestic violence and felony kidnapping. The case was dismissed a year later after the victim recanted and failed to appear in court, according to court records.

It is ordered by the Court that Nolle Prosequi be entered in this indictment for the reason that the victim has recanted and failed to appear for court after being served in Cuyahoga County.

Lenzell Weston was convicted of domestic violence in 2016 and sentenced to two years of probation and a suspended jail sentence. After a little more than two months of probation, Lenzell Weston was accused of violating his probation by getting arrested for domestic violence again. He was out on bond while he awaited a revocation hearing.

The final domestic violence charge was filed against Lenzell Weston on Wednesday, just one day before police say he shot and killed his wife.

A warrant has been issued for Lenzell’s arrest.

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