'Christina's Court' Bailiff Renard Spivey Was Acquitted of Murdering His Wife

Despite a jury clearing Spivey's name in the case of his wife's murder, many people still believe he is guilty.


Feb. 21 2024, Updated 2:20 p.m. ET

Renard Spivey at his wife's murder trial.
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The case of Renard Spivey has drawn incredible attention online in the years since he was first arrested and accused of murdering his wife, Patricia. Spivey, who was a veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Department in Houston, Texas, was first arrested in 2019 and accused of shooting and killing his wife, who was 52 at the time.

Spivey's story has continuously attracted attention thanks to a viral clip from his time as a TV bailiff on Christina's Court.

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Since the news broke that the Christina's Court bailiff had been arrested in connection to his wife's murder, a lot has happened. So, where is Renard Spivey today? Here's an update.

Where is Renard Spivey now?

Renard Spivey in courthouse during first day of wife's murder trial.
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A recent photo of Renard Spivey during his wife's murder trial in November 2023.

Spivey was acquitted of the murder of his wife, Patricia, in December 2023. According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, per Click 2 Houston, the jury could have suggested Spivey be "found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter, but decided he was not guilty." As a free man, it isn't clear where Spivey is living or what he's been up to as he leads a private life.

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It was in 2019 when Spivey called 911 after having been shot in the leg. At the time, he told authorities that Patricia had shot him as the two were tussling over a gun. He also said that they had been arguing all day, but detectives who arrived at the scene said that his account was inconsistent with the scene.

Renard Spivey and his wife, Patricia, attending an event in 2014.
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Renard Spivey and Patricia in 2014

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Patricia's body was found in the master bedroom closet, and her brother told ABC13 at the time that they had been fighting about their lack of intimacy. Patricia apparently suspected that Spivey was either on steroids or having an affair.

"I never thought that he'd go that far," Patricia's brother said at the time. "I should have acted on it and that's going to eat me up for a long time, forever. But him saying that and then acting on it, I gave him the benefit of the doubt."

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Spivey's story went viral due of his time as a the bailiff on 'Christina's Court'.

In addition to his work as a member of the Harris County Sheriff's Department, Spivey also worked as an actor and was the bailiff on Justice for All With Judge Christina Perez from 2012 to 2016. In a viral clip, a couple on the show is shown arguing about their marriage, and Judge Perez turns to Spivey to ask him how long he's been married.

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Christina’s court bailiff Renard Spivey in uniform.
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Spivey replies that he's been married for over 27 years, and either the plaintiff or the defendant says that he looks "mad." Spivey seems to be taken aback, and the audience in the courtroom laughs. "You don't look happy, brother. You don't look happy," the man says. The judge then chimes in to say "he's very happy," only for the clip to cut away to news reporting about Spivey's case.

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This case is a tragedy at its core, but it's been made even stranger by this somewhat random clip in which a member of Christina Perez's courtroom seems to notice that Spivey looks unhappy in his marriage.

In that clip, you also get a sense of just how large Spivey is. Reporting at the time suggested that he had more than 100 pounds on Patricia.

It can be easy for the media to sensationalize these kinds of murders, especially when they involve a member of law enforcement. In this case, though, that clip only adds more fuel to the fire, even if that fuel came three full years after the incident in question.

While the case has fizzled, there is still plenty of speculation over whether Spivey is an innocent man.

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