WARREN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A jury has found 34-year-old Scottie Kincade guilty of murder and arson in the death of 31-year-old Heather Smith.
Firefighters were called to a house fire in Williamsport on Sept. 27 of 2016.
After the flames were out, Smith's body was found in the home.
According to court documents, Kincade's brother told police Kincade admitted to killing Smith and setting her house on fire.
They were in an on-again-off-again relationship, and Smith was allegedly planning to leave him.
Before coming to the guilty verdict, the jury heard from several witnesses, including Kincade and Smith's 13-year-old son, a domestic violence case worker and a domestic violence expert.
Toni McGowan, the executive director at Hope Springs Safe House, worked with Smith and said the guilty verdict not only brings justice to her family but it also sheds light on the seriousness of domestic violence.
"This has been a glorious day just to hear those verdicts today," McGowan said. "It was just such a relief because it's been a long time coming, and our community has been very hurt and I think this is going to be a really healing time for our community just to know that justice prevailed."
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