Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Martin and Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb announce during a news conference at the Franklin Parish Courthouse on Tuesday that Sharmeka Moffitt fabricated a story about being attacked and burned Sunday night at Civitan Park in Winnsboro.

Although they didn’t go into details, they said forensics evidence pointed toward Moffitt.

“Basically we had to follow the facts,” Cobb said. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”

Police believe it was Moffitt who wrote “KKK” and “n*gger” on her car, before she set fire to herself. She then managed to call police afterwards.

Cobb and Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Martin said both Moffitt and her family still deserved the community’s prayers.

“This is a tragic situation,” Martin said.

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