Attorney Arden Specia Spencer is murdered by her husband in a domestic/divorce dispute; he then turns the gun on himself
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Even lawyers. Texas attorney Anne Specia Spencer was in the midst of a divorce from her husband when he shot and killed her, and turned the gun on himself. It seems the divorce was very contentious and involved allegations of domestic violence. Th wife accused the husband of hitting her and choking her. He was acquitted after a trial but they continued to argue about visitation and property issues. (They owned quite a bit of property it seems the husband used to be a land developer). Anyways, after one last fight over visitation with the boys, the husband drove over in his pick up truck under the pretense of dropping off presents for his sons and while the boys were heading to the truck to get the gifts, daddy shot mommy in the head at point blank range, killing her. Then, he told the boys he loved them, walked out to a tree, and shot himself in the chest. Now their children will be attending both their funerals.
Spencer and her second husband wed in 1997. Domestic violence documented in a San Antonio Police Departmentreport and in court records might have prompted Specia-Spencer to file for divorce Jan. 22. The couple spent much of this year wrangling over the boys, property and expenses, court records show. Mary Specia said her daughter moved out of the couple’s San Antonio home and rented an apartment.
Neighbors in Comal County said they’d seen a white pickup Spencer drove more frequently in the past month, but Specia said her son-in-law had been living at the couple’s former North Side home.
Two days after the divorce petition was filed, according to police, Specia-Spencer fled the house and reported to police that her husband had assaulted her as she was trying to put their children to bed. One of the boys asked for his father to put him to bed, and, according to the report, he elbowed her and struck her in the chest, a police report states. She told officers it wasn’t the first time he’d been violent.
Two days later, she amended her divorce petition to ask for a temporary restraining order. Court records show Spencer’s case on a charge of assault with bodily injury went to County Court-at-Law No. 7, where a jury acquitted him in September, according to Judge Monica Guerrero. The charge was then expunged, so details on the court proceedings are unavailable.
In the fall, a law firm representing Specia-Spencer told a court that she owed more than $29,000 in unpaid legal bills. A divorce trial was looming at the time, according to documents, but the divorce was not finalized. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Victim-s-mom-tellsof-murder-suicide-877986.php#ixzz1A1004wFw