NC man says girlfriend self-inflicted fatal injury

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Pitt County man charged with murder says his girlfriend set herself on fire before shooting herself in the head.

The Greenville Daily Reflector reports (bit.ly/LIpFob) that state investigators testified in Superior Court on Thursday that the charred remains of 51-year-old Teresea Derr Foster contained gasoline.

Foster's body was found in 2009 behind a home she shared with her 57-year-old fiancé Clinton Arthur Ridenour north of Greenville. A sheriff's detective says a red gasoline can was found on the couple's front porch swing.

Ridenour is charged with the first-degree murder and faces life in prison without parole if he is convicted. Ridenour maintains his innocence and says Foster's fatal injuries were self-inflicted.

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Information from: The Daily Reflector, http://www.reflector.com

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