UPDATE: Trial begins for Williamsport man accused of killing woman

34-year-old Scottie Kincade is accused of killing 31-year-old Heather Smith and setting her house on fire in September of 2016. Tuesday marked the first day of his trial and opening statements have been made.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 12:15 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2018 6:11 PM

UPDATE: 34-year-old Scottie Kincade is on trial for the murder of Heather Smith this week. News 18's was at the Warren County Courthouse to get a preview of the evidence.

Scottie Kincade

35 – that's the number of times Kincade called Smith the morning before the fire.
He texted her another 30 times.

Prosecutors say the jury will get to read those texts and review other digital evidence linking Kincade to the crime.

Kincade didn't seem sad or remorseful. In fact, Kincade was smiling when he entered the courtroom on Tuesday wearing a wrinkled dress shirt.

At the time of the alleged murder, prosecutors say Smith had just gotten out of an abusive relationship with Kincade.
She was seeking help from domestic violence experts and had a protective order and battery charge against him.

The jury will hear from many witnesses in this case and Kincade's attorney Mike Troemel warns them to take caution with those
witnesses saying, "We've scratched the surface and now we have to get under it."

Troemel emphasized the instruction requiring the jury to presume the defendant innocent if another outcome seems possible.

UPDATE: 34-year-old Scottie Kincade is accused of killing 31-year-old Heather Smith and setting her house on fire in September of 2016. Tuesday marked the first day of his trial and opening statements have been made.

The jury is going to hear about Heather Smith's plans. Her plans for the day and her plans for life.
At the time of the alleged murder, prosecutors say Smith had just ended her abusive relationship with Scottie Kincade.

She had a protective order, sought help from domestic violence experts and had a pending battery charge against him.
Prosecutors say the jury will review digital evidence. Including voicemails, and records of how many times Kincade called Smith the day of the fire.

Officers will walk the jury through their chase with Kincade where he crashed into a cornfield and escaped into the woods.
They'll talk about the container of gas found in the car and the lighter left nearby.

Prosecutors say when police finally found Kincade again, he grabbed a knife and cut himself before being arrested for the crime.
Fire marshals are expected to explain why they don't believe Heather Smith could have started the fire.

Kincade's attorney Mike Troemel told the jury to look for bias and the history of the relationships between Kincade and each witness.
He said they should examine Heather Smith's behavior and concentrate on proof of evidence.

Coming up on News 18 at Six, hear what Kincade did as he walked into the courtroom today.

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WARREN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A jury is being selected for a man accused of murdering a woman in Warren County this Tuesday.
34-year-old Scottie Kincade has pleaded not guilty to 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.

That's likely the motive prosecutors will argue this week.

Kincade has been charged for battering Smith in the past.

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