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Trial continues for man accused of killing wife in shed fire

Donald Kinsela listens to testimony during his trial. (Nov. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina) Donald Kinsela listens to testimony during his trial. (Nov. 28, 2012/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Opening arguments were made Wednesday in the trial of a Pickens County man accused of killing his wife.

Prosecutors said Donald Kinsela, 51, set a shed on fire at his Easley home while his wife was inside and then did nothing to save her.

Cheryl Kinsela's 2010 death was originally ruled an accident but authorities later changed their assessment and charged her husband with murder and arson.

In her opening argument, 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.

"Well, if he had a scene log we might know who went in and out of these places, who was touching things and who let the dog out," White said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Donald Kinsela's story does not add up, claiming he lied about trying to save her life.

Emergency dispatchers, police and firefighters have been called to testify about the scene, what they found and Donald Kinsela's reaction.

The Associated Press reported former police officer Jeremy Mills testified that he found Donald Kinsela outside of the burning shed and had to prevent him from going into the building while waiting on firefighters to arrive.

Cheryl Kinsela's parents were seated in the courtroom on the defense's side for the trial, which will continue on Thursday.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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