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Vancouver attorney pleads not guilty to domestic violence

By , Columbian staff writer
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A Vancouver-based attorney was arrested Sept. 3, accused of assaulting his wife during an argument at their house in the Five Corners area.

Travis Daniel Spears, 42, appeared Tuesday in Clark County District Court on suspicion of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He was initially scheduled to appear earlier that day in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree domestic violence assault, but the case was exonerated to the lower court and the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, court records show.

Spears is an attorney at Spears Law. Court records show the majority of Spears’ cases over the past two years have been family law and domestic violence protection orders.

Spears did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 2 to a house in the 8900 block of Northeast 102nd Street for reports of a physical altercation, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Neighbors reported to deputies seeing Spears put his wife in a headlock in the driveway while arguing, court records state.

Deputies said Spears admitted he and his wife were arguing, but he refused to answer questions about whether their argument turned physical, the affidavit states.

His wife reportedly told deputies Spears put his arm around her shoulders as she tried to walk away, but she said she was not choked, according to court records.

Deputies returned Sept. 3 to talk to the neighbors who witnessed the incident. One neighbor who called 911 said she had heard the couple screaming at each other again and that she often hears them fighting. She said she then heard an engine revving and tires squealing, the affidavit states.

Another neighbor told deputies he also hears screaming coming from Spears’ house often. He said he was in his front yard when he heard shouting and then saw Spears get into his SUV and leave, according to court records.

Both neighbors said Spears often speeds around the neighborhood after an argument, the affidavit states.

But this time, Spears came back after a few minutes, the second neighbor said. He saw Spears’ wife come outside, he said, and they began fighting again, court records state.

As the woman turned to go back inside, the neighbor told deputies he saw Spears jump out of the SUV and grab his wife around the neck from behind; he then dragged her to the ground, the neighbor said in the affidavit.

The neighbor yelled at Spears to stop and said he was calling 911, he told deputies. At that point, he said Spears let go of the woman and got back into his vehicle and left. He said the woman went back inside, and, a few minutes later, Spears returned and went inside, according to court records.

Deputies observed redness on the woman’s neck and photographed it, court records state.

Investigators also found more than 10 calls to law enforcement about disturbances at Spears’ address in the past nine months, the affidavit states.

Spears was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2016.