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Harris formally charged with murder

March 15, 2012

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.

Comments

I miss my sister

April 12, 2012 by KristisBestie (not verified), 2 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 339

Kristi had been my best friend from the time were in second grade, she told me how Donnie was and the horrible things he done to her and I always feared for her life, I tried calling her a month before all of this happened and he wouldn't let me talk to her which had me really worried and then the day she died I woke up throwing up and couldn't figure out why my nerves were so bad until someone texted me the bad news; I guess my heart and gut knew before I did; I miss her so much but I'm glad no one else in this world can cause her any more pain but what hurts me even more is that I know how much her mom loved her and how scared she was for her and for her worst fears to come to a reality just about killed her and I hated seeing her in such pain. RIL Kristi, I think about you everyday <3 Torie

I never dreamed this could be

March 23, 2012 by Joy (not verified), 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 312

Donnie is my 1st cousin ' I just don't see how this could be ... I'm so torn by this , I meet Kristi when my Aunt passed away last year ' Donnie's mother.... So' sorry for both family's as this tradgedy keeps comming to our family ' I always found lil Donnie 'quiet & always well mannered ' it seems very strange to find such news as this , again it just unbelievablely wrong being so young ' I wish to say that many family's are torn by this , and such a tradgey could happen ... My Heart Goes To Both family's ..... Lost for words...

He was far from well mannered; that was his act!!!

April 12, 2012 by KristisBestie (not verified), 2 years 15 weeks ago
Comment: 340

I seen it coming, in fact she told me to expect for him to kill her one day but this is just one of those things that you say to yourself " my best friend will never be murdered, this is real life." That just goes to prove you should never believe it can't happen to you because it can. he was a devil to my friend but you can't help who you love, so she continued to go back to him

Kristi is my 1st cousin and I

March 24, 2012 by sarahandvictor92 (not verified), 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 313

Kristi is my 1st cousin and I cannot fathom how horrible it must have felt to be burned alive. It is such a tragedy how her life ended at 25 yrs.old. What a heartache it has been for the family after what she went through. Never dreamed she would leave this world in such an awful unpeaceful death. Only God knows what happened and this is how he planned out her life to be. R.I.P. Kristi, I know you are in a better place now.

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