Harris formally charged with murder

The LeFlore County District Attorney's office filed formal first degree murder charges on Tuesday against a Talihina man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire.Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, has been incarcerated in the LeFlore County Detention Center since February 19 on the charge of first degree arson following an incident that left his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, 25, fighting for her life in an Oklahoma City burn unit. According to court documents filed in the murder case against Harris, Ferguson ran to a neighbors home after being burned and was followed by Harris. According to witness statements Ferguson was sitting in a chair at the neighbors home as Harris was telling her to shut up and not to say a word. One of the witnesses noticed Ferguson was unclothed and severely burned and as the neighbor helped Ferguson, she claimed Ferguson told her Harris poured gas on her and lit her on fire. Harris reportedly claimed during an interview turned away from Ferguson and when he turned back around she was on fire. He claimed to have tried to put the fire out with a blanket and when unsuccessful tried to remove her burning clothing. During a second interview of Harris, investigators looked for burns he may have sustained during the fire and found one located on the back of his hand. During one of the interviews Harrison told investigators he kept a half gallon Crown Royal bottle that contained gasoline in his bedroom. Witnesses claim Ferguson smelled strongly of gasoline while they attempted to help her. One witness claimed he overheard Harris tell Ferguson “I'm sorry. I shouldn't have lit it.”According to the affidavit, investigators recovered broken remnants of a Crown Royal bottle and a CR bottle label in the area described by Harris during an interview. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries on March 9, having suffered second and third degree burns to more than 80 percent of her body resulting in the murder charge against Harris.