Man arrested after 'smoldering and charred' body found in Gentilly Woods

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police have arrested a man in connection with a homicide in which a the smoldering body of a man was found behind a vacant store in Gentilly Woods.

David Klein, 52, faces one count of second-degree murder. Witnesses at the scene said Klein threw a liquid on the victim, who then caught fire, according to our partners at | The Times-Picayune.

The first NOFD unit arrived on the scene at 11:40 a.m., finding what appeared to be an adult male still smoldering and charred in the 4600 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Firefighters used a hand-held CO2 extinguisher to make sure the victim's clothing and the cardboard below and near the body had been fully extinguished.

The victim, whose upper body was burned to its skeleton, was found in a condition of rigor mortise and visibly deceased upon NOFD arrival.

At least one New Orleans Police Department unit was already on the scene when NOFD personnel arrived. Both agencies and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office are currently working to investigate this incident.

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