Man Charged With Murder After Girlfriend Dies of AIDS

Prosecutors say Ron Murdock knowingly infected her with HIV
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2017 11:04 AM CDT
Man Charged With Murder Over Girlfriend's AIDS Death
Ron J. Murdock   (Lucas County)

Kimberly Klempner, 51, died of AIDS on Feb. 5—and her former boyfriend of five years is charged with her murder. Ohio prosecutors allege Ron J. Murdock, 51, of Toledo "absolutely knew" he had HIV, did not tell Klempner that fact, and infected her with the virus via unprotected sex between June 1, 2011, and Oct. 1, 2016. Klempner's son says she didn't realize she was HIV-positive until the medication she had to take for Crohn's disease stopped working and she got sick. Her death was ruled to be due to AIDS, the Toledo Blade reports. 13abc reports that Murdock was married, and at some point his wife discovered his affair with Klempner and warned Klempner that he had AIDS, but Murdock told her it wasn't true. After discovering she had HIV in 2015, however, she looked through his house and found medication related to the virus and realized the truth.

"By the time she found out and by the time everything was said and done, it was way too late [for] any medical help or anything," Klempner's son says, per WTOL. "It got her so bad, it just threw her down." Under Ohio law, a person who knows he has tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be charged with felonious assault if he doesn't disclose his health status to someone before engaging in sexual conduct—and can be charged with murder if they have sexual relations and his partner is infected with HIV and dies from AIDS. Murdock is charged with both. Klempner's son believes Murdock has likely infected other women. "My mom wasn't the only victim," he says, per the Blade. "Right there, that tells you he was out there and he didn't give a care." (Canada locked up a man indefinitely for spreading HIV.)

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