A California man has been charged with murder nearly one year after he set his own home on fire, killing his bedridden wife.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 68-year-old Donald Wayne Jenman faces one murder charge in the death of his wife, 56-year-old Lynda Cestone.
Authorities say Cestone suffered a stroke in 2010 that left her confined to a bed in the home that she shared with her husband.
According to a press release, when firefighters entered the house in April 2016, they found hoarder conditions that they believe contributed to the fire spreading as quickly as it did.
Witnesses had called authorities around 4:30 a.m. on April 19, 2016 to report “elderly residents possibly unable to evacuate from the home,” according to a San Bernardino County Fire Department statement.
Investigators believe it took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, during which time Cestone was still confined to her bed.
Jenman was reportedly found outside of the residence when authorities arrived and was quickly transported to the hospital, where he was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
Authorities say about a dozen cats perished in the fire with Cestone, according to the Los Angeles Times.
During the investigation, it was soon discovered that a gas supply line had been intentionally disconnected, leading authorities to believe that the fire had been arson.
While very few details about the investigation have been released at this point, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they believe Jenman was absolutely behind the fire that took his wife’s life.
After an eight-month investigation, Jenman was arrested on murder charges on Friday.