Former Ohio Police Chief Charged With Attacking Wife Two Days Before Her Body Was Found Hanging From Ceiling Fan

Tara Dodrill

Former Ohio police chief Clark Gast has been arrested for allegedly attacking his wife two days before her body was found hanging from the couple's ceiling fan. Laura Gast, 40, was allegedly choked, beaten, and slammed against a wall in front of her 10-year-old daughter. The little girl took photos of her mom's injuries and gave them to law enforcement investigators.

Clark Gast, 37, had domestic violence charges levied against him on Tuesday. Laura Gast's daughter also maintains that the former law enforcement official often beat her mom. He was arrested on two domestic violence counts, one charge for the alleged abuse of his wife, and another for allegedly harming his stepdaughter.

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During the Gast suicide investigation, the Brown County prosecutor reportedly wrote a letter to the coroner, saying his office was "very concerned someone is getting away with murder." If convicted on the domestic violence charges, the former Ohio police chief could spend up to 180 days in jail. On Wednesday, a $5,000 bond was set in the case. Clark Cast is slated to appear in court again on August 26.

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