March 12, 2010

Wells woman faces attempted murder charge

EDWARD D

— By . MURPHY

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Kimberly Spampinato

Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — Attempted murder charges were lodged against Kimberly Spampinato on Friday, a day after she was charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to her Wells apartment while her husband was asleep there.

The complaint, lodged in Spampinato's initial court appearance, alleges that she ''doused (husband) Christopher Spampinato with gasoline while he slept in their bed'' and set him afire using rolled-up newspapers and a lighter. Christopher Spampinato was burned over 85 percent of his body and is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A hospital spokeswoman said late Friday she could not release information about his condition.

Kimberly Spampinato did not enter a plea Friday during her appearance in Biddeford District Court via a video link with York County Jail. District Court Judge John O'Neil ordered her held until a hearing on bail revocation next week, and also ordered her to undergo a psychological examination.

Kimberly Spampinato was out on bail prior to her arson arrest, because she was arrested in October for allegedly assaulting her husband.

If bail in that case is not revoked as a result of the latest charges, O'Neil set bail at $750,000 cash on the attempted murder and arson complaints.

A court date on the October assault is set for Jan. 29, said Amy McGarry, Kimberly Spampinato's attorney. McGarry said that incident was a ''misunderstanding'' and said Christopher Spampinato had since indicated that there was no assault. McGarry said she expects that domestic violence charge to be dismissed.

Investigators from the state Fire Marshal's Office said Kimberly Spampinato set the fire early Thursday and then left the couple's apartment on Harbor Road in Wells.

When police and firefighters arrived, Christopher Spampinato was outside and critically burned over most of his body.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Spampinato walked into the Wells Police Department a few hundred feet away and was arrested, said Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam.

Putnam also has said that Wells police and medical crews were at the Spampinatos' apartment in December for a ''mental health issue'' involving Kimberly Spampinato that led to her hospitalization.

Staff Writer Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or at:

emurphy@pressherald.com

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