DALLAS (AP) - A 25-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion
of killing his 15-year-old pregnant girlfriend and burning her
body.
Shannon Meshack was taken into custody after firefighters
responded to a call about an unconscious person at his home Monday,
Dallas police said.
When firefighters arrived, the man told them he had been burning
material in his back yard to repel mosquitoes, said Sgt. Larry
Lewis with Dallas homicide unit.
"One of the firemen saw a body in a back room covered up" with
a sheet, Lewis told The Dallas Morning News for its online editions
Monday. "He apparently had taken her outside and with some sort of
accelerant, tried to set her on fire. We think that he was trying
to burn her in the driveway and maybe seeing the fire trucks or
hearing them, he brought the body back inside the house. He was
telling the firemen there was nothing in there."
Family members said that Teshibra Lysha Bell was more than
halfway through her pregnancy.
The Dallas County medical examiner's office had not ruled on a
cause of death Monday afternoon, but Lewis said his unit was
treating the case as a homicide.
Meshack was at Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Monday evening.
Officials there said charges were pending.
Lewis said that the victim's family members apparently had tried
to persuade her to stop seeing the man because of their age
difference.
"There had been a history of them fighting," he said.

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