69
      Sunday
      88 / 69
      Monday
      86 / 69
      Tuesday
      86 / 68

      Medical experts testify in trial of Oklahoma man

      FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A nurse has testified that burns covered 42.5 percent of the body of a woman who was set on fire last year and later died.

      The Southwest Times Record reports that 31-year-old Donnie Lee Harris of Talihina, Okla., is charged with first-degree felony murder in the March 9, 2012, death of 25-year-old Kristi Ferguson, his on-and-off girlfriend.

      Prosecutors allege he intentionally doused Ferguson with gasoline about a month before her death, then set her afire. The resultant blaze also destroyed Harris' family home.

      Rhonda Jo Kimberly Norman, a member of the burn unit team at Integris Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma City, testified Friday that Ferguson required a ventilator to breathe. By March 8, she was listed as do not resuscitate and placed on comfort care only.

      Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

      component-story-more_media_horiz-v1-01
      FOLLOW US ON TWITTER