Ohio man charged with murder in partner’s AIDS related death – Ronald Murdock did not inform his girlfriend he was HIV-positive, during a five-year relationship
Ronald Murdock has been charged with murder after the woman’s death, which was attributed to AIDS
Murdock of Toledo, Ohio is accused of not telling his girlfriend he was HIV-positive, during a five-year sexual relationship
Kimberly Klempner, 51, died in Feb 2017, her death certificate listing AIDS as the cause
Murdock, 51, appeared in a Lucas County criminal court Tuesday, was remanded, bail set at $1.5 million
Klempner allegedly discovered Murdock had HIV when she looked at his medication bottles and found pills to treat the virus
Murdock was married and his wife informed Klempner that her husband had HIV, when she discovered the affair
He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder
HIV positive Ronald Murdock has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Kimberly Klempner, from issues attributed to his undisclosed HIV status
Ronald Murdock, 51, of Toledo, appeared on Tuesday in a Lucas County criminal court where a judge set his bail at $1.5 million, prosecutor Clinton Wasserman said.
Murdock has not entered a plea. Wasserman said his arraignment was postponed to June 13 to allow time to obtain an attorney.
Kimberly Klempner [right], with her son Josh and grandson only found out about her partner’s HIV status when she went medicine cabinet diving
Kimberly Klempner [right], with her grandkids died of AIDs related causes in February 2017
Murdock was indicted last week on charges of murder and felonious assault, both counts stemming from his sexual relationship with the woman, according to local media.
The indictment marks the latest in a series of criminal cases brought against HIV-positive individuals prosecuted in the United States for sexual behavior and other conduct that would expose another person to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Ohio, like several other U.S. states, has a law requiring people with HIV to disclose that fact to their sexual partners.
Contrary to the state Laws of Ohio, Ronald Murdock had a 5-year sexual affair with a mistress and didn’t inform her he was HIV positive. He is now facing a murder rap in her death from HIV related causes. He is required by law to disclose his diagnosis to all sexual partners
Ronald Murdock, appears in a Toledo court charged with murder
The center and other advocates for people with HIV oppose laws such as the one used in Ohio to prosecute Murdock, saying they stigmatize people with the disease.
Josh Klempner, the dead woman’s voiced support for the prosecution in an interview with local television station WTVG said: “By the time she found out and by the time everything was said and done, it was way too late.
“She would have done anything for that man.
Murdock’s wife [right ], blew the whistle on her husband’s HIV status. She notified his mistress when she discovered the affair
“It would be different if he had let people know that he had it (HIV) before he got in that relationship, but he didn’t,” Klempner told the station. “So that right there tells me and everybody else that he has no care.”
Klempner’s mother, Kimberly Klempner, died in February at age 51, according to WTVG. The station aired images of her death certificate listing AIDS as the cause.
Josh Klempner told the station his mother discovered Murdock had HIV when she looked at his medication bottles.
Murdock was married to another woman during his affair with Klempner.
A police report said that Murdock’s wife discovered that the couple were having an affair, which lasted five years, and told the mistress about her husband’s HIV status.
The defendant who is next due in court on June 13, faces a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted of murder.
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