A Springfield attorney has pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
Aaron Klusmeyer, 34, a partner at Lowther Johnson law firm, is accused of pointing a gun at a woman during an argument. He also allegedly pointed the gun at a dog, and pointed the gun at himself as well during the incident.
Lowther Johnson’s website says Klusmeyer “handles a wide variety of civil matters, including business litigation, employment disputes, and real estate transactions and litigation.”
Audio recordings of the incident were made by the victim in the case. Klusmeyer is reportedly heard on the recording cursing at the woman and talked about killing the dog.
Text messages after the incident from Klusmeyer to the victim characterized his pointing the gun in her direction as “gesturing” to her. He called her accusations that he pointed the gun at her as a “mischaracterization.”
Because the defendant is an attorney in the 31st Judicial Circuit, a judge is brought into the case from the 28th Judicial Circuit. The case will be heard by Judge Charles Curless, who oversees Barton County. Casenet says the next hearing is scheduled for April 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m..
If convicted on the weapons charge, Klusmeyer could receive up to 4 years in prison, and possible loss of his law license. The domestic assault charge, a misdemeanor, could bring a year in jail on a conviction.