SC jail officer charged with killing pregnant woman, setting body on fire

SC jail officer charged with killing pregnant woman, setting body on fire (Image 1)
SC jail officer charged with killing pregnant woman, setting body on fire (Image 1)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Richland County jail officer is charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend, then setting her body on fire. 

Sheriff Leon Lott says 23-year-old Tristan Gist was arrested Monday and charged with murder and death of a child in utero. Gist has been taken to the jail where he worked. 

Coroner Gary Watts has tentatively identified the victim as 22-year-old Dierra Fisher, pending confirmation from medical records. 

The sheriff's spokesman says Fisher was 21 weeks pregnant when she was shot in the head at their home about 3 a.m. Thursday. Deputy Curtis Wilson says Gist drove her body to a wooded area, where he set her body on fire. 

Wilson says Gist drove to the woods with Fisher's 2- and 3-year-old children, one of which is his as well.

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