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Coroner identifies woman found burning in woods, man charged with murder

Lott says this is a horrible act of domestic violence. He says Gist works as a detention officer with Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH) - Richland County investigators have arrested a man in connection with a body found burning in a wooded area last Thursday.

Sheriff Leon Lott says Tristan Gist, 23, was arrested Monday and charged with murder and death or injury of a child in utero due to commission of a violent crime.

Investigators say Gist is accused of shooting 22-year-old Dierra Fisher in the head, driving her body to a wooded area off of Screaming Eagle Road with his two small children in the vehicle and setting her body on fire. Fisher was 21 weeks pregnant.

Lott says this is a horrible act of domestic violence. He says Gist works as a detention officer with Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division records, Gist has a clean criminal record prior to this charge.

Gist was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and later transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.

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