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Officials: Burn victim Sharmeka Moffitt's claims false

Posted: Updated: Oct 24, 2012 07:47 PM

WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana State Police investigators said DNA evidence on a charcoal fluid lighter bottle shows that Sharmeka Moffitt's burns were self-inflicted. They also found her fingerprints on a cigarette lighter.

State Police said she also wrote the letters "KKK" on her car. Police are not clear yet on a motive and don't know why she did this to herself. As far as charges go, police said after they finish their investigation, they will hand over their findings to the district attorney's office. The D.A. will determine whether or not Moffitt will face charges.

Throughout the investigation, The Franklin Parish Sheriff is asking the community to have compassion.

"I think we still, as a community, as we were when we felt it was an attack situation," Sheriff Kevin Cobb said. "Our community was coming together. They were coming together to support her from all sides and we should continue to do that."

The Moffitt family released a statement, saying "Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter's injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it's a resolution."

The family went on to thank everyone for their sincere support and prayers.

As for the sheriff, he said a lot of mis-information in the case came from social media. He's asking people who post online to distribute information responsibly.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Franklin Parish officials are reporting Sharmeka Moffitt's claims that she was attacked and set on fire are false.

KNOE's newspaper partner The Franklin Sun is reporting evidence from the State Police Crime Lab show Moffitt's fingerprints were on both the cigarette lighter and lighter fluid found near the scene at Civitan Park.

A press conference was held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to release more information on this matter.

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