Northeast Columbus murder victim’s family speaks out after CPD captures accused husband

Lenzell Weston, 36

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Columbus man accused of murdering his wife late last week has been captured by police.

IMG_0016Police say Lenzell Weston, 36, was arrested without incident in the area of Sunbury Road and Innis Road shortly after 8am.

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

Monique Weston’s cousin, Reggie Champan, spoke with NBC 4 and says no argument was worth his cousin losing her life over.

Chapman says what he will remember the most about his cousin is that she loved to be around family, and that her small stature made up for her big heart.

CREDIT: Weston family
CREDIT: Weston family

“When it came to family things she was on it,” says Chapman.

Last Thursday, Chapman’s world was forever changed after he found out Monique had been shot and killed with her children nearby.  Her 17-year-old daughter Chastity was the one that called 911.

This past Saturday, Weston’s family came together to celebrate Monique’s life and to rally around her four children, who are now left without a mother.

“I know they are okay, as long as Chastity is okay. I know the rest of them are okay,” Chapman says.

As the family gets ready to bury  their loved one, Chapman has one question for his cousin’s killer.

“Why mine? That’s my question to him. Why my cousin? Why my family member?”

It’s unclear when Lenzell will appear in court for arraignment.

Weston's mug shot after being arrested in connection with his wife's murder
Weston’s mug shot after being arrested in connection with his wife’s murder

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.

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