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Two Winchester men charged with murder after 2012 deadly fire

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Two Winchester men have now been charged with murder stemming from a deadly fire back in 2012.

Police arrested Brandon Guy, 27, Monday on unrelated charges. He's charged with murder, arson, and tampering with physical evidence for the death of his step-father.

Aaron Spencer, 24, is also charged with murder and arson.

The house was torn down about six months after the fire, 544 E. Broadway is now an overgrown lot.

State police say Kenneth Payton, 50, didn't make it out of the fire alive. Police say he wasn't killed by the fire, he was murdered.

It took until now to charge the suspects with Payton's death. Police were waiting on lab results, that, combined with input from witnesses, there's enough evidence to charge the men.

Records show that witnesses claim Spencer used gasoline inside the house, intentionally starting the fire.

"That was terrible. You just knew something terrible happened," said Kimberly Woosley, a former neighbor of Payton.

Guy's initial arson charge was reduced and dismissed shortly after his arrest, because of a lack of evidence.

Spencer's arson case was still open.

Both men remain in the Clark County Detention Center.


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