Bond denied for man accused of killing ex-girlfriend before setting house on fire

Kenneth Gleaton (Richland County Sheriff's Department)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Bond has been denied for the man accused of killing his ex girlfriend before setting her house on fire.

Kenneth Gleaton was in bond court Wednesday afternoon and was charged with murder after fire crews found 39-year-old Amanda Peele's body inside a burning home on Crestmore Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Autopsy results show that Peele was "beaten, strangled, and shot" before the house fire was set.

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by: Michelle Zhu

A Midlands man is in jail accused of murder after a nearly day-long search. Deputies arrested Kenneth Gleaton after fire crews found the body of 39-year-old Amanda Peele inside a burning home early Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Harris says he saw the flames early Tuesday from his home and ran to the house, hoping to wake somebody inside. The 17-year-old says he used to spend time with the children of Peele, who was found killed in her home.

"I was trying to help. If I could have helped, I would have helped her or something. I didn't think he would do nothing like that," says Harris.

Harris remembers things that could have been signs that something might go wrong. Peele's ex-boyfriend Kenneth Gleaton is facing murder charges in her death.

"He always used to have his little pistol. I already knew something was going on with them two but I didn't really know that was going to happen," says Harris.

A neighbor the teen once considered a friend is now facing serious charges in a situation he never thought he'd see.

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