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Police say Luther woman tried to hide shooting with fire

The Associated Press - August 1, 2018 3:19 pm

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police say a woman fled to Texas after shooting her roommate and setting their home on fire.

The Oklahoman reports that Cooke County sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Kristen Elizabeth Jones on Monday during a traffic stop near Gainesville, Texas. She was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday on charges of murder, arson and desecrating a corpse.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office alleges Jones fatally shot 23-year-old Miranda Pederson following a fight over the roommate texting Jones’ fiance. An affidavit says Pederson stabbed Jones in her hand. Court documents say Jones then shot Pederson and tried to burn the house to hide the evidence.

A burned body was allegedly found Monday at a home near Luther. Investigators are waiting for formal identification from the state medical examiner.

Authorities say Jones admitted to the crimes when she was arrested.

 

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