Oklahoma man charged in burning death of girlfriend turns down plea

POTEAU — A man accused of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire has turned down a proposed plea agreement offered by prosecutors in LeFlore County.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 5, 2013
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POTEAU — A man accused of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire has turned down a proposed plea agreement offered by prosecutors in LeFlore County.

Trial for 30-year-old Donnie Lee Harris Jr. of Talihina is set for Sept. 16 in the death last year of 25-year-old Kristi Ferguson of Pocola.

A local newspaper reports that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Harris threw gasoline on Ferguson the night of Feb. 18, 2012, then set her on fire. An autopsy report says Ferguson suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of her body and died of pneumonia on March 9, 2012.

At a Wednesday hearing, Harris said he would go to trial rather than plead guilty and accept a sentence of life without parole.