According to a report by LEX18.com (click below in Sources to see the article and video), two people have been arrested after a fire that killed Kenneth Payton in Winchester, Kentucky. One of the arrestees has been charged with first-degree arson. So far, the other person arrested was only picked up for outstanding warrants. This alleged crime took place in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 21, 2012.
The thing that got the police suspicious is that they believe they found an accelerant. In cases of arson, an accelerant is a flammable substance, such as gasoline, that is used to make and spread the fire. Although accelerants burn in the fire, they also leave physical evidence. It is this evidence that can provide proof of arson.
But because several people were living in this house, it may be particularly difficult to determine who, if anyone, set the house fire on purpose.
In this case, the report does not say why police believe that Aaron Spencer set the fire. But he is the only one charged with arson at this time.
Although Pamela Cantor, who is victim Kenneth Payton’s girlfriend, was arrested, she is not charged with arson at this time. Rather, there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest on some other charge.
Do police believe that Spencer and Cantor are having an affair or something and planned an arson together? I don’t know, but it’s obviously something they are going to be looking into.
Kenneth Payton was 50 years old.