Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Jessica Chambers Trial: Teen Revealed Killer's Name Before Dying, Firefighters Say

Jessica Chambers Trial: Teen Revealed Killer's Name Before Dying, Firefighters Say

Many readers felt that Tellis, who was also previously linked to another murder, was guilty.

A jury in the trial of a man charged with setting a 19-year-old MS woman on fire and leaving her to die along a rural back road is scheduled to visit the crime scene in the case. Quinton Tellis, 29, right, is accused of killing the former high school cheerleader from Courtland, Mississippi.

CBS News reported District Attorney John Champion said Tuesday, Chambers suffered an agonizing death with "Horrific burns, horrific pain".

Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of the 19-year-old Chambers, who authorities said was found with burns on 93 percent of her body on December 6, 2014, in Courtland, Mississippi.

Tellis faces life in prison without parole if convicted, according to an April 18 court filing in which state prosecutors disclosed they wouldn't seek the death penalty.

"The inside of her mouth was just charred black", Haley said.

"She said, 'Eric set me on fire, ' " Palmer argued in court.

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Champion said cellphone records show that Chambers and Tellis - who had met about two weeks before her death and had become friends - were together twice on the day she was burned. Mills said he knew Chambers, but did not recognize her at first.

Those sites, in addition to the vehicle location, will include the M&M Grocery where security footage last recorded Chambers that evening, as well as Tellis' nearby home.

The prosecution's case will rely heavily on cell phone data that Champion said will tie Tellis and the victim together throughout Chambers' final day.

Cole and additionally a few specialists on call told members of the jury Wednesday that Chambers reacted "Eric" when asked who had set her ablaze.

Surveillance video showed Jessica Chambers was at a gas station less than two hours before she was found.

"I responded to the scene... approached the patient and asked her who she was". She said it was someone named "Eric" or "Derek", though authorities arrest Tellis - with Champion saying that all evidence pointed to him as the killer.

"She knew Quinton", Palmer said Tuesday. He was later charged in her death as well, but has yet to stand trial.

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But he told jurors the evidence in the case would "change your mind".

Emergency medical responder Brandy Davis also read his statement aloud at the request of defense attorneys, in which Davis reports hearing Chambers say the name 'Eric'.

A man burned a woman alive after he thought he killed her during sex.

Chambers had burns to 98% of her body and was airlifted to a Memphis hospital where she died.

Sandra Hailey, a volunteer with the nearby fire office, likewise described her association with Chambers whom she has known since she was a young lady. "She knew his name is Quinton Tellis".

First responders testified Chambers didn't give a last name and wouldn't answer much else, saying anything they asked her she would only respond by saying she was cold.

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