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Augusta Mystery: Who Set Fire Before Man’s Death?

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Investigators have a real mystery on their hands in last week’s house fire in which an Augusta man was found dead inside and his girlfriend suffered horrific burns to most of her body.

The mystery: Karla Harter (left picture) came running out of the burning home at 3625 Crawfordville Drive and was claiming to be a victim.

“The lady came out of the fire saying her husband set her on fire,” said Kenneth Boose, chief deputy of the coroner’s office.

But sources tell The Jail Report that boyfriend Henry Jefferson III, 51, (right picture) was found dead with stab wounds. That is leading investigators to look into another theory: Did the girlfriend stab her boyfriend, set the house on fire and accidentally burn herself in the process?

“The fire was definitely a suspicious fire,” Boose said. “It was intentionally set.”

Boose said the Jefferson’s death and circumstances surrounding the fire are still under investigation. “Nothing has been ruled out,” he said.

Meanwhile, Harter continues to fight for her life at Doctors Hospital after suffering third-degree burns.

 

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

10 COMMENTS

    • Henry Jefferson lll is one of my best friends, the other is Karla Harter, you evidently don’t know these people or what took place, you are going on what you are reading. Your statement is evil and uncalled for. I would hope you were raised better than to wish harm upon any human being. Shame on you.

    • Karla Harter is one of my best friends, the other is Henry Jefferson lll, you evidently don’t know these people or what took place, you are going on what you are reading. Your statement is evil and uncalled for. I would hope you were raised better than to wish harm upon any human being. Shame on you.

  1. Henry was an awesome man as Karla is an awesome women; fighting for her life. For those of you who didn’t know them stay out and if you did…you know I’m right!!!!! This is a difficult time for all involved and every person in this world is not perfect so don’t believe all you read. The press prints lies and no-one except the parties involved know the truth.

  2. Well one or both weren’t as awesome as you think. Sounds like he set her on fire, she grabbed a knife and stuck him a few times. OR She stabbed him and in the process of spread something flammable around the house didn’t realize when she lit it that it was going to go off like a bomb. But like you stated, “The press prints lies”, so he must have fell on a knife a few times and while she was refilling the lawnmower in the bedroom accidentally knocked over the gas can which was ignited by the hot muffler. A tragedy for sure. but I doubt any of you knew them that well…

    • You have it backwards…if the press doesn’t start talking soon…. I will. They are Both gone now…tragedy, yes. I lost a piece of my family! John doe….your speaking ill of the dead. I for one am going to laugh my butt off when they both haunt you!!! Easy what you say and once again…careful how you interpret things…the press doesn’t always know it ALL!

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