$1M bond for Dayton man accused of killing wife

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Donald Lee Cleaver

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.  (May 30):

A not guilty plea was entered on Donald Cleaver’s behalf in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning. His bond was set at $1 million cash or surety. He was assigned a public defender.

EARLIER REPORT

An 82-year-old man accused of killing his wife is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court this morning. 

Police found Cleaver’s wife, 70-year-old Mary Lou Cleaver, had been fatally stabbed at their Delmar Avenue home.

  • Cleaver has been indicted for three counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault on May 24
  • Mary Lou Cleaver, 70, died of "multiple sharp force injures of the left posterior chest,"  
  • Cleaver was  booked in to Montgomery County Jail on May 19 after he turn himself into police

Mary Lou Cleaver, 70, died of "multiple sharp force injures of the left posterior chest," and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Mary Lou’s husband, 82-year-old Donald Cleaver, is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of felonious assault and murder.

Donald Cleaver was booked in to jail on May 19 after he turn himself into police.

A neighbor called 911 to alert police to the crime.  

“He says he just killed his wife,” the 911 caller said.  “He’s getting ready to head to the jail he says.”

According to Dayton homicide detectives, the investigation shows the Cleavers apparently argued and after Mary Cleaver went to bed, Donald Cleaver fatally stabbed her. 

According to a Dayton police report, officers responded to Cleaver’s home in the 200 block of North Delmar Avenue around 1 a.m. Friday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Mary Cleaver, 70, was killed at the same address officers responded to.

“He did not say how he did it,” the 911 caller said.

A knife is listed in the police report as a possible weapon used.

Cleaver is not yet officially charged.

 

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