Prosecutors: Man accused of killing wife in fire changed story - FOX Carolina 21

Prosecutors: Man accused of killing wife in fire changed story

Posted: Updated:
Donald Kinsela listens to testimony during his trial. (Nov. 29, 2012/FOX Carolina) Donald Kinsela listens to testimony during his trial. (Nov. 29, 2012/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate husband is on trial, accused of intentionally setting a fire that killed his wife.

Prosecutors called on numerous State Law Enforcement Division agents Thursday to testify against Donald Kinsela, 51, of Pickens County. Kinsela was charged with murder and first-degree arson in connection with his wife's death.

Agents talked about collecting evidence inside a storage shed at Kinsela's Easley home where his wife, Cheryl, died in a fire back in 2010.

Prosecutors played an audio recording that was recorded several days after the fire where they said Kinsela changed his story about how the fire started.

"I dropped the gas can. When it dropped in front of me, the flames went right by me," Kinsela said on the recording. "It hit the... I started to panic, Cheryl yelled. I screamed, I told her, I said to come out, you know, just come out. Just kinda straight through there, just come out."

Prosecutors said that was the first time Kinsela mentioned how he spilled the fuel.

The defense has maintained it was a tragic accident and questioned the way SLED agents collected evidence at the scene. In her opening statement, Donald Kinsela's defense attorney, Druanne White, argued that investigators mishandled the crime scene, failing to seal it off or keep track of who was there.

The trial is scheduled to continue on Friday.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.