November 18, 2010

Joshwa Carlisle - Charged With Murder After Smothering Mistress To Death, Setting Fire To Live Baby Daughter

Indianapolis, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) - Joshwa Carlisle, a 22-year-old Indiana man has been charged with 2 counts of murder after he allegedly smothered his mistress to death before pouring lighter fluid on his infant daughter and setting her on fire.

According to Marion County Prosecutors, Carlisle decided to murder his mistress and their infant child after he had recently discovered that the child was his and that he would soon be paying $200 per month in child support payments.

Investigators say Carlisle went to the woman's apartment, smothered her to death and then set her on fire. He then reportedly walked to his crying baby's crib, poured lighter fluid on the child and then set her on fire while she was still alive.

A probable cause affidavit revealed the results of an autopsy which stated that the child's lungs contained carbon monoxide, meaning that the baby inhaled smoke as she burned to death. Detectives learned that the fire had been set at two different points of origin inside the residence, ruling out the likelihood that the fire was accidental.

Investigators say Carlisle and the mother, identified as Tracie Shannon, saw each other on a routine basis despite the fact that he was married. He also lied to his wife about being in the National Guard around September 19 when the fires were set.

Carlisle was booked into the Marion County Jail on two counts of murder. He pleaded not guilty to both counts during an initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Prosecutors are currently evaluating the case to see if they will pursue the death penalty.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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