August 23, 2014

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Husband arraigned in slaying of wife’s boyfriend

ELYRIA — A Lorain man who has been charged in the shooting death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend appeared calm as he stood before a video monitor at the county jail during his brief arraignment hearing Thursday.

Frank Honaker, 45, stood quietly with his arms folded across his chest as his attorney, Shimane Smith, entered pleas of not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges levied against Honaker in connection with the Dec. 13 shooting of 37-year-old Christopher Betts, of Columbia Township.

Common Pleas Judge James Burge ordered that Honaker continue to be held in the county jail on the $1 million bond, previously set in Lorain Municipal Court.

Honaker is accused of shooting Betts outside the rear entrance of his estranged wife Lisa Honaker’s Lorain apartment building. Betts was found clinging to life and died less than an hour later from a gunshot wound to his lower chest and abdomen at Community Regional Medical Center.

Police have said Honaker was driving around with his 15-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son when their daughter called her mother and asked if they could stop by.

Lisa Honaker asked Betts to go out the back of the apartment to avoid a confrontation with her husband.

As his children went to the front door, Frank Honaker allegedly went around back and shot Betts, then walked away. He allegedly told Lisa Honaker, “There, how do you like that?” as he left the scene, police said.

He surrendered at the county jail later that evening, and has admitted to shooting Betts, according to police.

If convicted of the aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault charges, Frank Honaker will face life in prison.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.