UPDATE: Family Apologizes After Louisiana Women Lied About Being Set On Fire By KKK

| October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Forensic evidence indicates that a 20-year woman suffering from extensive burns set herself on fire then invented a story about being doused in flammable liquid by three men who she said also wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car, state police said Tuesday.

On Sunday at 8 p.m., Sharmeka Moffitt called 911 from a walking trail in Winnsboro and told authorities she had been doused in flammable liquid by three men wearing white hoodies. She suffered extensive burns on more than half her body and was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport for treatment.

After two days of investigating the case, authorities said Tuesday that the forensic evidence indicates Moffitt set herself on fire. After the news broke about her being set on fire, the news world erupted in criticism of the police force in the city. In a statement issued by Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis, “The evidence does not support the statement that she was attacked by three males.”

Lewis went on to say that Moffitt’s fingerprints were found on a lighter and lighter fluid recovered from the scene. Investigators also believe Moffitt used toothpaste to draw the KKK initials and racial slur on her vehicle. DNA evidence also points to Moffitt, she said.

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