Man threw gasoline on girlfriend as she smoked in motel room, killing her: police

Posted at 9:26 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 21:26:47-04

BENSALEM, Pa. — Authorities say a Philadelphia man threw a cup of gasoline on his girlfriend while she was smoking in a motel room, starting a fire that killed her after a dispute.

Police in suburban Bensalem say in a criminal complaint that 46-year-old Kevin Small bought the gasoline from a convenience store across the street from the motel.

Small was arraigned on homicide, arson and other charges Sunday afternoon in the death of 46-year-old Mellissa Bacon-Smith.

Bensalem police say Bacon-Smith’s body was found following the fire that was reported around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Motel in Bensalem.

Small said he’s sorry when asked by reporters if he had anything to say to her family.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.