A disturbing story came out of Winnsboro,Louisiana earlier this week, and things are only getting more confusing as new clues are revealed.
This past weekend, 20-year old Sharmeka Moffitt was set on fire. That part of the story is a proven fact.
Her attackers were supposedly three men wearing white hoodies who grabbed her while exercising in Civitan Park, set her ablaze, and wrote 'KKK' and 'N!gger' on her car using a paste-like substance.
Investigators said it was Moffitt who set herself on fire after writing the words on her Buick LaCrosse.
Moffitt's DNA, as well as her fingerprints, were found on a charcoal lighter fluid container, as well as a lighter, investigators said.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said various theories of what happened to Moffitt began floating around as soon as Sunday, but law enforcement chose to wait before jumping to conclusions.
"This has been a very disturbing case for all involved," Cobb said. "All of the evidence indicates this was a self-inflicted situation."
Moffitt suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and remains in critical condition at LSU Hospital in Shreveport. She has third-degree burns on her arms and other areas.
Moffitt's family released a statement late Tuesday thanking law enforcement for their thorough work and apologizing for her actions.
"Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter's injuries," the statement said. "While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police, as well as federal agencies.
"We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials."
Whether Moffitt will face criminal charges is in the hands of the Franklin Parish District Attorney's office.Source