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Jury finds Kinsela not guilty in wife's death

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Donald Kinsela hugs his daughter Melissa after he was found not guilty. (Dec. 4, 2012/FOX Carolina) Donald Kinsela hugs his daughter Melissa after he was found not guilty. (Dec. 4, 2012/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Pickens County jury found an Easley man not guilty after he was accused of killing his wife in a shed fire.

The jury found Donald Kinsela, 51, not guilty on the charges of murder and first-degree arson in connection with his wife's 2010 death.

Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases in a Pickens courtroom Monday and closing arguments were made Tuesday morning. The jury began deliberations about 11:40 a.m. and the verdict was in about an hour later.

"God's a great God," a tearful Kinsela said after the verdict. "I get to watch my grandbaby grow up. I'm just very thankful. I'm very thankful for a great attorney, great in-laws, my mother and father-in-law. I couldn't have made it this far without them."

Kinsela did not take the stand in his own defense, but several expert witnesses were called to testify on his behalf.

Last week, experts and witnesses on both sides testified. The prosecution had maintained that Kinsela changed his story following the fire that killed his wife while the defense has argued that the investigation was not handled properly, including mishandling of the initial crime scene.

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