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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