Convicted murderer accused of hitting Ohio woman with bat charged with attempted murder


DAYTON — A man paroled from a Georgia murder conviction has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly hitting a 73-year-old woman with a baseball bat in southwest Ohio.

Montgomery County’s prosecutor says 48-year-old John Mason was indicted today on the attempted murder charge and two counts of felonious assault. Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Mason allegedly struck the woman in the head Aug. 8 with a wooden bat at the Huber Heights home where he lived with the woman and her daughter. The woman will require a prosthetic eye.

The prosecutor says Mason was convicted in Georgia in 1987 of charges including murder.

Court records do not list an attorney for Mason.

The prosecutor says Mason told an emergency dispatcher that he struck the woman and wanted to return to prison.