Former Cop Spends First Night In Jail On Murder Charge

There has finally been an arrest in the death of a woman who was found shot and burned outside a Pitt County home last summer.

Deputies have charged Arthur Ridenour, a former police officer, with the murder of Teresea Foster. Foster's body was found burned and she had been shot outside the couple's home on Sweet Gum Church Road in Stokes.

Deputies say Ridenour told them his girlfriend had set herself on fire and then shot herself. After an investigation and a ruling from the Medical Examiner's Office, the case went before a grand jury on Monday. Ridenour was indicted on a charge of murder. He was arrested Tuesday on the charge.

One month ago WITN reported that the woman's autopsy listed her death as a homicide.

The autopsy said Foster died from a gunshot wound to the head, her body had a low carbon monoxide level and there was no sign of soot in her respiratory system. That suggests she died before exposure to the fire. It also says the front of her body was burned as if a substance may have been poured on her.

The 51-year-old Ridenour was a former police officer in Farmville, a former dispatcher and security guard at ECU, and was a bailiff under Sheriff Ralph Tyson.

Ridenour is now in the Pitt County jail under a one-million dollar bond.

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