Oro Valley councilman accused of domestic violence, burglary

2014-07-11T18:15:00Z 2014-07-31T14:12:44Z Oro Valley councilman accused of domestic violence, burglaryBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

An Oro Valley Town Council member has been indicted on burglary and disorderly conduct charges.

Brendan Burns was arrested on May 20 in Oro Valley on suspicion he committed a burglary at his estranged wife’s house.

An indictment says Burns unlawfully entered the house while carrying a knife. The document accuses him of disorderly conduct, domestic violence for recklessly displaying the weapon toward his wife.

The couple has pending divorce proceedings in Pima County Superior Court. They have three children.

Burns’ attorney, public defender Joel Feinman, said his client deserves a hearing on the matter.

“He’s presumed innocent and I’m sure he will be vindicated,” Feinman said.

The incident isn’t the first issue Burns had involving his ex-wife.

In February, his wife filed for and was awarded a petition for injunction against harassment.

In the documents, his wife said Burns had taken their children from school without her consent.

She also accused him of grabbing and shoving her and threatening to destroy her cellphone.

The order was dismissed in March after the two sides came to an agreement.

Burns is an attorney who graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and was admitted to practice in 2004.

A hearing in his felony case is scheduled before Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez on Aug. 11.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@tucson.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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