Jail officer charged with killing pregnant woman

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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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Anonymous said on Monday, Mar 4 at 9:09 PM

The individual who did this is not an employee of the Sheriff's Department, He works for the County Jail. A seperate organization.

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hootie said on Monday, Mar 4 at 8:00 PM

Criminals guarding criminals - I certainly hope Sheriff Lott takes note of this....sad state of affairs for his regime...evidently this murderer managed to become part of law enforcement....think maybe some sorting out the bad apples in the application process is in order. The WHOLE public suffers in cases like this...one is taught to believe in the police....we teach our children that policemen will help you?????????????????????????

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