The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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December 5, 2013

Hague poison case going to grand jury

Judge’s wife Carla remains in Lake County jail

JEFFERSON — Carla Hague, the wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile and Probate Judge Charles Hague who is accused of poisoning him, will not be arraigned and the case will go directly to an Ashtabula County Grand Jury.

Carla Hague, 71, was arrested Monday for allegedly poisoning Judge Hague with antifreeze back in September. She is being held in the Lake County Adult Detention Center on a felonious assault charge and an attempted murder charge will be forthcoming, said Sheriff William R. Johnson.

Her attorney is William Bobulsky of Ashtabula County,

Acting Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicolas Iarocci said the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case, while Iarocci’s office will be involved on a limited basis.

Johnson said the arraignment is being waived and the case will come before an Ashtabula County Grand Jury Dec. 18, which is the next time a jury is scheduled to meet.

Johnson said bond will not be set until a judge is assigned to the case. The Ohio Supreme Court will assign a judge from outside Ashtabula County because of the conflict of interest, he said.

Johnson said details of the investigation will not be released for some time.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department has been called to the Hague residence in the past; however, Johnson said he could not say for sure what the nature of the call was, possibly a dispute with the couple’s children.

Judge Hague was taken to Ashtabula County Medical Center and then flown to the Cleveland Clinic after he became ill Sept. 15. He was found to have a high level of Ethylene Glycol, or antifreeze, in his system. Family members contacted the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department a few days later.

Johnson said the investigation into the matter determined the poisoning was intentional.

The 71-year-old judge has been off on medical leave since September, but plans to return to work after the first of the year. A phone call to his staff regarding who has been handling his case load was not returned Wednesday.

Hague has been judge of the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Juvenile and Probate Division since 1993. He has been married to Carla Hague, a retired nurse, for 45 years. The couple have three children.

The FBI and Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) has been assisting ACSO detectives with the case.

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