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Quinton Tellis Will Be Retried For Jessica Chambers’ Murder, District Attorney Says

A District Attorney said Tuesday Quinton Tellis will be retried in Mississippi for the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, who was set on fire, before going to Louisiana to face additional charges.

Tellis is facing life in prison for Chambers’ death, but a hung jury in Batesville, Mississippi put his fate into the hands of a whole new trial and set of jurors on Monday. Not only will he face a new round of Mississippi jurors, but he could also be facing a trial in Louisiana.

The same year Chambers was killed, another young woman, University of Louisiana student Ming-Chen Hsiao, was stabbed in her apartment. Tellis is being charged with her murder, but his defense attorneys said they won’t know what’s next for Tellis at the time the Chambers trial concluded Monday.

“The best thing I know is that he is not indicted in that area and we don’t know anything about

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No Verdict: Judge Declares Mistrial in Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

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A Mississippi jury was unable to find Quinton Tellis, 29, either guilty or not guilty on Monday of murdering Jessica Chambers in December 2014, when she was set on fire and later died from head-to-toe second and third degree burns. The jury was split, with seven voting guilty and five voting not guilty in an earlier polling.

The district attorney said he will absolutly seek a retrial. 

The jury began deliberating at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday after hearing closing statements from both defense and prosecuting attorneys, and failed to reach a decision the following afternoon after more than eight hours of deliberation. The annoucement came after a moment of confusion, in which the judge said they had reached a not guilty verdict, but jurors misunderstood their instructions and in

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Jurors May Soon Reach A Verdict in Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

A Mississippi jury is now deliberating on whether Quinton Tellis, 29, is responsible for murdering 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on Dec. 6, 2014, when she was set on fire and later died from head-to-toe second and third degree burns.

The jury began deliberating at approximately 4:00 p.m. Sunday after hearing closing statements from both defense and prosecuting attorneys. Early in the trial at least eight first responders testified to hearing Chambers say someone named Eric was responsible for setting her on fire, but prosecutors argued her injuries were so significant she would have been unable to communicate clearly.

“I told you as this trial began, you were going to think to yourself, ‘Hmm. why are we here?’ Because when the first responders got to Jessica, they did not hear the name Quinton. They thought they heard the name Eric or Derrick,” prosecuting attorney John Champion said during closing statements Sunday. “Maybe she was

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Quinton Tellis Describes Sex With Jessica Chambers, Returns To Where She Was Set On Fire

Oxygen is on location creating a docs-series at the trial of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire in December of 2014.

COURTLAND, MS — Police officers brought the alleged murderer who killed teenager Jessica Chambers back to the spot where Chambers was found covered in head to toe burns as part of court proceedings. 

Quinton Tellis, 29, was surrounded by his defense lawyers and police officers as he traveled to a string of locations prosecutors say are significant to the Dec. 6, 2014 murder, when the 19-year-old Mississippi girl was set on fire in her car. One locations was a visit to Chambers’ charred and severely burned car.

Jurors, the defendant, lawyers and a caravan of 30 cars from the Panola County courthouse drove through the winding roads of small-town Mississippi on Thursday. Prosecutors called

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Quinton Tellis Describes Sex With Jessica Chambers, Visits Spot Where She Was Set On Fire

Oxygen is on location creating a docs-series at the trial of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire in December of 2014.

COURTLAND, MS — Police officers brought the alleged murderer who killed teenager Jessica Chambers back to the spot where Chambers was found covered in head to toe burns as part of court proceedings. 

Quinton Tellis, 29, was surrounded by his defense lawyers and police officers as he traveled to a string of locations prosecutors say are significant to the Dec. 6, 2014 murder, when the 19-year-old Mississippi girl was set on fire in her car. One locations was a visit to Chambers’ charred and severely burned car.

Jurors, the defendant, lawyers and a caravan of 30 cars from the Panola County courthouse drove through the winding roads of small-town Mississippi on Thursday. Prosecutors called

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First Responders Describe Jessica Chambers As ‘A Zombie’ When She Allegedly Said ‘Eric Set Me On Fire’

BATESVILLE, MS — First responders to the scene where Mississippi teenager Jessica Chambers was found with burns on 93 percent of her body said in court Wednesday morning she was “mentally in shock,” “in a trance,” and that she “looked like a zombie” when she told them a man named Eric set her on fire. 
Yet prosecutors began making their case Wednesday as to why 29-year-old Quinton Tellis—and not a man named Eric—is responsible for Chambers’ horrific murder. Tellis has pleaded not guilty.

On the second day of trial in the small Mississippi courthouse jurors heard from a parade of first responders, many of whom were the last people to speak with Chambers before she fell unconscious on Dec. 6, 2014.

Those who spoke to her at the scene of the crime in Courtland testified she said “Eric set me on fire,” and prosecutors worked to combat these reports, asking the first

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District Attorney’s Opening Remarks In Trial For Jessica Chambers’ Burning Death: ‘He Wanted Sex’

Opening statements were made Tuesday in the capital murder trial of 28-year-old Quinton Tellis, who was wiping tears away from his eyes after making eye contact with his family in the courtroom. Tellis has pleaded not guilty to the murder. Prosecutors claim he set Jessica Chambers on fire, and is responsible for her death.

John Champion, district attorney told the packed courtroom in Batesville, Mississippi that Chambers “was a beautiful, blonde-haired 19-year-old” from Courtland, a tiny town not far from Batesville. He alleged that Tellis took her young life away from her. He pointed to DNA and circumstantial evidence, cell phone data, as well as surveillance footage from a gas station to back up that claim. Chambers’ car keys were near her burnt car. Tellis’ DNA was found on that set of keys, Champion said. He said the cell phone data puts the two together right before Jessica was set on

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Trial Set To Begin In Horrific Burning Death Of Teen Jessica Chambers

The murder trial for a Mississippi teen who was burned alive in 2014 is set to begin this week. Jury selection will reportedly begin on Monday, October 9.

Jessica Chambers was just 19 years old was she brutally murdered. On December 6, 2014, the former cheerleader left her mom’s home to clean out her car while wearing pajama pants. She never returned home. She was found later that night stumbling in a nearby wooded area. Both she and her car were on fire. The teen had been doused with an accelerant before being set ablaze. Chambers suffered burns on more than 90% of her body, according to CNN, and she was still alive.  She told first responders that someone did it to her and some responders even believe she said a man’s name. She was rushed by helicopter to a hospital where she died the next day. Her horrible death has

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