Suspect in pregnant girlfriend's murder will face arson charge

Tristan Gist (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Tristan Gist (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man arrested and charged with shooting his girlfriend in the head and then setting her body on fire in a wooded area off Screaming Eagle Road will also face a fire charge.

According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission, 23-year-old Tristan Gist will also be charged with woods arson in connection with the fire investigators say he started.

Richland County investigators say Gist shot his girlfriend, 22-year-old Dierra Fisher, and then drove her body to the wooded location.

Deputies say Fisher was 21 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

Gist, a former corrections officer at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, has been formally charged with murder and death or injury of a child in utero due to commission of a violent crime.

He was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center. According to a South Carolina criminal background check, Gist has no prior arrests in the state.

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