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North Ridgeville man accused of wife's killing enters no plea in first court appearance

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ELYRIA — A North Ridgeville man charged in the shooting death of his wife appeared in court Monday but entered no plea.

Ronald Svec, 74, was arraigned before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who set bond of $750,000 on each of two counts.

According to court records, Svec entered no plea on either charge of murder and felonious assault filed by North Ridgeville in the death of his wife, Gloria Svec, 69, who was shot several times in the couple’s Jaycox Road home Friday night.

The woman was fatally shot Friday evening by a man later identified by police as Svec, who called police to report the shooting about 6:45 p.m.

When police arrived, they found the woman lying in the kitchen of the couple’s home. Gloria Svec was unresponsive at the scene, according to police.

The woman was taken to St. John Medical Center in Westlake, where she was pronounced dead.

Police have released no details of the case beyond copies of the audio 911 call made by Ronald Svec in which he stated he had shot his wife after she pointed a knife at him.

Svec then asked police to send an ambulance.

Svec also told a police dispatcher there was a child in the home when he shot his wife. The child could be heard crying in the background, whom Svec told to sit in a chair and not move.

At that point the line went dead.

The family declined to comment and requested privacy in the aftermath of the shooting.

Gloria Svec was described by friends and people who worked with her at Murray Ridge Center, including Christina Morris, as a sweet person who always talked about the grandson she was raising.

Stacy Smith, who knew Svec from her job at Murray Ridge, termed her “a compassionate woman with a great heart and warm smile” who cared a great deal for the people she worked with and counseled at the center.

In court Monday, Ronald Svec was found to be indigent, after which Locke-Graves assigned attorney Kenneth Nelson to represent Svec.

A condition of Svec’s bond is that he have no contact with his 4-year-old grandson and must stay 500 feet away from the child, according to a court entry.

Svec was also ordered not to possess any firearms and to stay away from his 5915 Jaycox Road residence until Monday.

Svec is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bond in Lorain County Jail.

His next court appearance is set for 1 p.m. today.

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