By Peter Vincent For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 11:23 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 11:24 BST, 1 May 2021
An ex-US marine accused of burning his estranged wife alive allegedly jumped into a pool after he too caught fire to dampen the flames.
Police will allege Brian Earl Johnston, 34, doused Kelly Wilkinson, 27, in petrol and set her alight on April 20 at her home in Arundel on the Gold Coast before the flames spread to his body.
He is accused of then jumping into a nearby swimming pool to save himself, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Police allegedly found a trail of blood leading from the Spikes Court home to a property where Johnston was found in nearby Langer Place.
The body of Gold Coast mother of three Kelly Wilkinson was discovered in a home on the Gold Coast on April 20
Brian Johnston, 34, has been charged with the murder of Ms Wilkinson on April 20. Above, the pair on their wedding day
Ms Wilkinson, 27 who is believed to have already complained twice to police about her ex, died at the scene outside her home.
The couple's three children, all aged under nine, were at the home but unharmed.
They have been taken in with Ms Wilkinson's sister Danielle Carroll - who has five children of her own.
Neighbours reported seeing flames shoot up over the fence on the day of the alleged attack and raced into the yard.
Johnston allegedly fled the scene but was tracked down to the nearby property.