HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Renard Spivey, a sheriff’s deputy in Texas who appeared on a popular TV show, has been charged with murder after his wife was found shot twice in their bedroom closet, according to the criminal complaint.
Spivey, who had been a bailiff in the show “Justice For All with Judge Cristina Perez,” called 911 early Sunday morning to report there had been “shots fired” after an argument with his wife, the complaint says.
The 63-year-old told the dispatcher, and later police, that he and his wife had been “tussling” with the gun and he unintentionally shot her. Spivey was also shot in the leg and told police his wife had shot him.
“We had been arguing all day,” he told officers.
Spivey was booked into jail on Monday night, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He was expected to be released Wednesday on a $50,000 bond, his defense attorney Mike DeGeurin said in a phone interview.
“He’s a good person with a great record [with] law enforcement and courtrooms for a long time,” DeGeurin told CNN. “What I know about the case and reading reports is that there was a shooting with a gun in his house and his wife was shot twice and he was shot once in the leg. We’re trying to determine now the order of the shots and what happened.”
Prosecutors had initially asked for bail of $100,000 because they said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk.
Spivey was hired as a detention officer in 1996 and became a deputy in 1998, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Houston is part of the county, located in southeastern Texas.
“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office family extends our sincere condolences to the family of Patricia Spivey as they mourn the loss of their loved one,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
“While the facts of this specific case will be determined by a jury, I encourage all victims of domestic violence to seek assistance from law enforcement and others whom they trust.”
“I also ask anyone who suspects a friend or loved one may be the victim of abuse to persist in helping them escape a potentially deadly situation,” he said.
Victim’s brother: The couple had been arguing over drugs and an affair
A Houston Police Department investigator talked to Patricia Spivey’s brother, Ezra Washington, who said the couple had been fighting over Patricia’s “suspicions that (Renard Spivey) was possibly back on steroids and/or having an affair, because of a lack of intimacy in their relationship,” the complaint says.
Washington told the investigator that Renard Spivey had previously told him, “she’s counting my pills (low testosterone medication), claiming that I’m sleeping with someone else,” the complaint says.
In the complaint, Washington told police that Renard Spivey once told him that his wife called him the “Incredible Hulk,” and that at some point she would make him rise up “like the Incredible Hulk” and “it ain’t gonna be good,” Washington said Renard Spivey told him.
Washington told the investigator he took that to mean that the deputy would hurt his wife. When they spoke, Washington said he had told Renard Spivey that if things were that bad between the couple, “he should just leave,” the complaint says.
Shooting couldn’t have been accidental, complaint says
An autopsy determined Patricia Spivey had been shot twice. One of the bullets had gone through her right arm.
“Once the bullet went through her arm, causing the bone to break, the arm would be incapable of use,” the complaint said, regarding observations from the medical examiner.
The examiner also noted the woman had “minor bruising around her wrists.”
The complaint also notes Renard Spivey appears to be right-hand dominant and he was shot through his left thigh area.
“Evidence indicated that three shots were fired in the closet, and (Patricia Spivey) was shot twice, which is inconsistent with (Renard Spivey’s) statement that he ‘accidentally’ shot [Patricia Spivey] and that the firearm ‘accidentally’ discharging during a struggle” between the two, the complaint says.
Spivey next court date will be Friday.
“We think a lot of him and he’s a good person and he’s facing an accusation he’s got to deal with,’ DeGuerin said.