Franklin DA: Charges likely for Sharmeka Moffitt - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Franklin DA: Charges likely for Sharmeka Moffitt

WINNSBORO, LA (KSLA) -

Franklin Parish District Attorney, John "Mack" Lancaster says he has not seen the official reports but Sharmeka Moffitt is likely to face some charges.

On Tuesday officials with the Winnsboro Police Department, Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police announced that their investigation shows that Moffitt, who once claimed she was set on fire by three men wearing white hoodies, was to blame for her injuries, and that she set herself on fire.

Lancaster tells KSLA News 12 he will likely file charges against Moffitt after he has a chance to go through the official investigation reports.

"There are charges that are appropriate in this case. First of all, I wish miss Moffitt the best and a speedy recovery. But, there are definitely charges that could be filed. After I review the reports we'll see what are the appropriate charges. But, this could have been an incident that incited riots. It infused a lot of fear and apprehension in the Winnsboro and Franklin Parish community."

While some members of the community are outraged, Lancaster credits them with not letting such an emotional and racially charged topic spiral out of control.

"I do think that the community handled this very well; the restraint the community showed in not jumping to conclusions and not having mass rallies. The rallies and vigils that they did have were prayer vigils for this young girl that was badly burned. They weren't in the spirit of condemning anyone. The community did a very good job in this."

KSLA News 12 has filed written records requests with State Police, the Winnsboro Police Department, and the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Cobb in Franklin Parish tells KSLA that any records will have to come from state police.

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