July 31, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
73°F

$1 million bond set in slaying

MEDINA — Medina Municipal Court Judge Dale H. Chase set bond at $1 million Thursday for the Brunswick man accused of stabbing his mother to death early Wednesday.

Patrick Ravas, 26, of 3861 Hadcock Road, is charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, after he reportedly stabbed and killed his mother, Noella Ravas, 62, of Hinckley Township, at her Salem Court home around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Aggravated murder brings a mandatory life in prison sentence, which varies from possible parole after 20 years to life without parole, Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said.

Patrick Ravas did not speak at his bond hearing, which several family members, including two of Patrick Ravas’ sisters, attended.

“This was a vicious homicide, a premeditated murder,” Holman said during the hearing as Ravas family members wiped tears from their eyes.

When Noella Ravas called 911 Wednesday morning, she told the dispatcher her son had assaulted her with a knife.

Throughout the call, Patrick Ravas can be heard in the background, yelling at his mother, who tried to calm him and told him several times she loved him.

At one point, the phone dropped, and Noella Ravas can be heard begging Patrick Ravas to stop.

Seconds later, Patrick Ravas picked up the phone and spoke with the dispatcher, audibly out of breath.

“I killed my mom because she deserved it,” he said.

Later, when the dispatcher asked Patrick Ravas why he killed his mother, he replied: “She deserved it. She lied to me my whole life, and the world is a (expletive deleted) place and it needs to change.”

Hinckley police arrived soon thereafter and arrested Patrick Ravas without incident. Noella Ravas was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

At the hearing, Holman requested bond be set at $2 million. Instead, Chase chose to set the bond at $1 million because Ravas’ lone income source is from Social Security, stemming from what Holman later described as a “mental condition,” which he could not specify.

“I’m very satisfied with the bond the judge set,” Holman said outside the courtroom. “I asked the bond should be high because of the nature and severity of the offense — the intent, the brutality of the murder.”

Holman said he was not aware of the relationship between Noella and Patrick Ravas and noted although Patrick Ravas said he killed his mother over the phone, the prosecution still needs to prove he’s guilty.

“Because of (Patrick Ravas’) disability, there is a possibility a … not guilty by reason of insanity plea will be entered by him at the arraignment,” Holman said. “If you listen to the (911) tape, you’ll understand.”

The Ravas family declined to comment after the hearing.

Attorney Ed Bowers was appointed to represent Patrick Ravas, and Bowers requested attorney Robert Campbell be appointed his co-counsel.

Holman said he expects to present the case to a county grand jury next week, and Ravas would be arraigned shortly thereafter.

Ravas has been in the Medina County Jail since Wednesday.