November 27, 2014

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Man pleads not guilty in wife’s death

ELYRIA – A Columbia Station man accused of letting his wife bleed to death after she “exited” a moving car he was driving has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

John Biszantz, 34, was arraigned Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on the charges, which also include reckless homicide, domestic violence, tampering with evidence and unlawful restraint.

Coroner Paul Matus has said Erin Biszantz died from chest and abdominal injuries she received after she “exited the couple`s Mercury Mountaineer by unknown means” while it was traveling at least 25 mph.

John Biszantz took his wife back to the couple`s South Marks Road home, where she bled to death on March 15. He and his daughter later called 911 and said she wasn`t breathing.

The couple had been out together in the hours before Erin Biszantz`s death despite a no-contact order intended to prevent them from being together. John Biszantz is currently serving a jail sentence in a previous domestic violence case for violating the no-contact order.

The couple`s stormy relationship included prior convictions for both John and Erin Biszantz on disorderly conduct and domestic violence charges.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.