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North Ridgeville killing to go to county grand jury

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ELYRIA — A grand jury will hear the case of a North Ridgeville man accused of shooting his wife to death Friday night in their Jaycox Road home.

Some 15 to 20 family members of Gloria Svec sat quietly waiting for more than 90 minutes Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing for Ronald Svec, Gloria’s husband, in the courtroom of Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves only to learn Svec waived his right to a hearing.

The case will now be turned over to a county grand jury, which will consider whether to return an indictment against Svec, 74, who is charged with murder and felonious assault.

As she took the bench to preside over other cases Tuesday afternoon, Locke Graves announced a continuation of Ronald Svec’s bond at $750,000 on each count, which was set during Svec’s arraignment Monday during which he entered no plea on either charge.

Svec also was ordered to have no contact with a 4-year-old grandson and not to possess any firearms and to stay away from his 5915 Jaycox Road residence until Monday.

After finding Svec to be indigent, Locke Graves assigned attorney Kenneth Nelson to represent him.

The family declined comment in court, but Andrea McCormick, who identified herself as one of Gloria Svec’s daughters, handed members of the media a brief statement.

Speaking on behalf of her sister, Darlene McCormick, and Ashley Mullar, who Andrea McCormick said is the mother of the 4-year-old child, Andrea wrote, “My mom was the best of the best. The amount of people suffering her loss and the amount of lives she touched is immeasurable. We are now her voice and her advocates and we will be certain that justice is served.”

North Ridgeville police identified Ronald Svec in a 911 call as saying he had shot his wife, age 69, several times about 6:45 p.m. Friday after she pointed a knife at him.

Gloria Svec was unresponsive when found in the kitchen by police. She was pronounced dead at St. John Medical Center in Westlake.

The man police identified as Svec also told a police dispatcher there was a child in the home during the time of the shooting.

It was not immediately clear if the child was the couple’s 4-year-old grandson.

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