A married man named Ronald Murdock, aged 51, of Toledo, Ohio has been charged with murder as well as felonious assault after not telling his longtime girlfriend that he was HIV positive. Murdock’s girlfriend ended up dying of AIDS.
On Tuesday, a judge set his bond for $1.5 million after the death of 51-year old Kimberly Klempner.
He had unprotected sex with Klempner knowing that he was HIV positive, but he did not tell her. According to Klempner’s son, Josh Klempner, they were involved together for over 5 years. The cause of death on his mom’s death certificate now says AIDS.
Murdock’s wife discovered that her husband was having an affair with Klempner and she was the one that told her that her husband was HIV positive.
Josh said, “by the time she found out and by the time everything was said and done, it was way too late.”
Ohio is one of the few states that has made it a crime to knowingly expose others to HIV and to fail to disclose an HIV positive status.
A growing number of advocacy groups and health experts have pushed for states to modify or eliminate those laws. Most of the measures were enacted before antiretroviral therapies greatly reduced the risk of transmission and transformed HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — into what is now considered a manageable chronic medical condition.
“She would have done anything for that man,” Josh Klempner said. “And for him not to come out in the beginning and tell her what was going on was not right.”
A judge on Tuesday set bond at $1.5 million for Ronald Murdock, who was indicted last week in the February death of 51-year-old Kimberly Klempner. Murdock, 51, of Toledo, was also is charged with felonious assault. A message seeking comment on the accusations was left with his attorney. Murdock and Klempner had unprotected sex when he knew he was HIV positive, but he did not tell her, the indictment said. They were involved in a five-year relationship, Klempner’s son said. A police report said Murdock’s wife discovered that Murdock and Klempner were having an affair and told Klempner that Murdock was HIV positive. “By the time she found out and by the time everything was said and done, it was way too late,” said Josh Klempner.