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Man charged with felony assault after allegedly attacking his brother with kitchenware and 'large ax'

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    Lee Speer



ELYRIA — An Oak Street man police said assaulted his brother with kitchenware and “a large ax” Sunday morning was being held on bond in Lorain County Jail, charged with felony assault and domestic violence.

Bond was set at $6,000 cash or surety Monday in Elyria Municipal Court for Lee Albert Speer, 46, of 832 Oak St., on charges of second-degree felonious assault and third-degree felony domestic violence, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records.

According to an Elyria police report, officers were called to the residence at 10:40 a.m. Sunday for a report of Lee Speer fighting with his brother, 51-year-old Ernest E. Speer, at the house they share with their mother. Upon arrival, an officer heard “what sounded to be two males yelling and (a) female screaming ‘Lee get away from him!’” the police report said.

Ernest Speer was found outside the residence, holding a pipe with a woman standing in between him and the house. Officers ordered Lee Speer outside, and he responded by becoming “immediately hostile and screaming incoherently,” the report stated.

An ax was found outside on the ground, and Lee Speer was handcuffed and separated from his brother and the woman. Lee Speer told police his brother had hit him with both a bat and a pipe, but refused to listen to an officer’s questions, becoming profane and belligerent, police said.

Blood was found on Lee Speer’s right wrist, and he had a cut on his neck, but he refused — using profane and obscene language — to reply to an officer’s questions about whether he needed medical attention, police said.

Ernest Speer told an officer he and his brother had argued Saturday after Ernest refused to take Lee to Lee’s drug dealer’s residence. On Sunday, Lee Speer allegedly chased his brother out of the house and into the detached garage following a continuation of the argument, police said.

Lee Speer allegedly forced open the garage, and Ernest Speer said he defended himself with a bat, hitting Lee in the left side because he thought Lee was going to assault him “in a serious manner due to past violent episodes,” he told police.

Lee then allegedly grabbed Ernest, threw him to the ground and hit him in the head with a pot or pan, police said. Ernest defended himself with a pipe, and Lee allegedly responded by grabbing a large ax, which he swung at his brother, damaging a pickup in the driveway.

Ernest Speer suffered a cut on his neck, but declined medical attention, police said. Another witness told police Lee Speer was the aggressor while two others in the area said they did not see the entire incident.

After being placed under arrest, Lee Speer allegedly swore repeatedly at an officer, calling him “a (expletive) idiot” and a “rookie EPD idiot” and refused to give a statement. He was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center after complaining about a broken wrist, but again became belligerent and disruptive with medical staff and officers, police wrote.

Lee Speer has at least two prior convictions for domestic violence, one each in cases from 1997 and 2006, making the current domestic violence charge a felony.

Additional or amended charges are possible once the case is presented to a Lorain County grand jury. A preliminary hearing on the felony charges is set for Nov. 21, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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