Man accused of pouring gasoline on wife, lighting her on fire

Man's bond set at $500,000
Man accused of pouring gasoline on wife, lighting her on fire

Dane County prosecutors said a Madison man poured gas on his wife and lit her on fire after accusing her of having an affair.

A criminal complaint said 59-year-old Andrew Spear hit Mary Spear, a state attorney, and drove her to their storage unit Aug. 16, where he forced her inside and told her to undress.

The wife said Spear then covered her in gasoline and drunkenly threatened to ignite her body, according to the complaint.

The wife said that, at one point, Spear used a lighter to light the gas and the fire briefly ignited her arms and legs before her husband helped put it out, according to the complaint.

Mary Spear is the chief legal counsel for the state Department of Health Services.

Andrew Spear appeared in Dane County Circuit Court Tuesday, where bail was set at $500,000. He’s charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and battery.

Defense attorney Brian Brophy said Andrew Spear disputes many of the allegations. 

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