MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison man accused of setting his wife on fire is back in jail after being released on bail.
Records state 59-year old Andrew Spear was jailed Tuesday after he violated his bail conditions by sending his wife an email about a household bill.
Records show Spear was released on $107,000 bail Sept. 13.
As a result of Spear's violation of his bail condition to have no contact with his wife, Mary Spear, a Dane County judge restored Spear's original bail amount of $757,000.
Madison police officials say Spear suspected his wife of having an affair with her boss, state health services secretary Dennis Smith, and took her to a storage unit and lit her on fire. Officials say the fire was extinguished and Mary Spear was not hurt by flames.
In a statement, Smith has denied an affair with his subordinate Spear.
MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison man accused of setting his wife on fire, over what he claims was her affair with a top Walker administration official, is out of jail after posting the $107,000 bail.
Court records show Andrew Spear was released from the Dane County jail Monday.
Court records also show just two weeks after Spear's wife, Department of Health Services Chief Legal Counsel Mary Spear, filed for divorce from Andrew Spear, the case has been dismissed through a settlement.
Madison police officials say Spear took his wife from her state work place and drove her to an eastside storage unit, where he hit her and set her on fire in a drunken, jealous rage. Court documents state both Andrew and Mary Spear put out the fire and Mary Spear was not hurt by flames.
Andrew Spear faces trial for attempted homicide and other charges.
Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith hired Mary Spear in January to her $120,000 job. Spear previously worked in the private sector in Texas. In a statement, Smith denied an affair with Spear, and said their relationship was strictly professional and plutonic.
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