Jury to get case of man accused of killing wife in fire - FOX Carolina 21

Jury to get case of man accused of killing wife in fire

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PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Pickens County jury is expected to be charged Tuesday with the case of a man accused of killing his wife in a fire two years ago.

Donald Kinsela, 51, is accused of setting a shed ablaze at his Easley home while his wife, Cheryl, was inside, and then did nothing to save her.

Cheryl Kinsela's death was originally ruled an accident, but authorities changed their assessment of the case and charged her husband with murder and arson.

Prosecutors have said that Donald Kinsela's account of what happened the day of the fire does not add up, claiming he lied about trying to save his wife's life.

The defense has maintained that investigators mishandled the crime scene, failing to seal it off and keep an accurate log of who was present.

The trial, which began last Wednesday, continued Monday when prosecutors called three witnesses before resting. The defense called expert witness Dr. David Icove, who they said wrote the book on fire scene investigation.

Icove testified that he believes the investigation into the fire failed to meet the standards of care in the area of fire and explosion investigations.

"Based on my review, Mr. Kinsela's statements, in totality, I find them all consistent with the basic facts of this case," Icove said.

After calling the rest of its witnesses, the defense rested.

The jury is expected to begin its deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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