Obadiah Kinara and the late Dorothy Ongera
A Kenyan man who 'secretly' buried his partner in the US in December last year has been arrested.
Obadiah Kemari Kinara was arrested in Texas on suspicion of INJ CHILD/ELD/DISABL-BI (Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled Individual with Bodily Injury) offense, according to CrimeInformer.
He was booked into the Tarrant County Jail system in or around Dallas/Fort Worth on July 11th, according to police records.
Kinara has a presumption of innocence which means that although he was arrested, he remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. His bail has been set at $12,000.
The man was in the center of controversy surrounding the death of his partner Dorothy Bosibori Ongera, 35. Dorothy, a mother of six, died under mysterious circumstances in Texas on December 17th, 2020. Her lifeless body was found in a bathtub at her house in Dallas.
Kinara denied having a hand in her death but her family demanded an independent autopsy after Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office ruled out foul play, ruling the incident as accidental drowning.
In March, Dorothy’s father David Ongera obtained an order from a Texas court to exhume his daughter’s body after Kinara buried her in a public cemetery on December 28th, 2020. Kinara, a registered nurse, insisted that Dorothy was his wife and he had the right to bury her but her family refuted these claims, saying their union was not legally recognized.
“I loved my wife and I’ve been deeply hurt and affected by the social media campaign orchestrated by my in-laws to create the impression that I had something to do with the death. I believe some people are doing this because they are targeting my children and the insurance payouts,” Kinara said in an interview in February.
Dorothy was living with Kinara, with whom she had three children. The father of the other children is Dorothy’s estranged husband, Dennis Nyakundi Mose, who lives in Kenya.