Jessica Chambers Murder Case 1st Days Trial

Jessica Chambers

Defense noted Chambers did not say Tellis' name when asked who hurt her. Police claim Tellis admitted to being with Chambers on the day she was burned, but he didn't admit to killing her. Investigators said he had some sort of relationship with Chambers shortly before the murder, and were able to link him to the killing by using phone records. Both people were at the same location on the day of Chambers' death, and Tellis admitted to having sex with her in her auto.

Jurors heard longtime firefighter and the present Panola County Director of Emergency Operations Daniel Cole give emotional testimony about his first seeing the badly-burned body of Chambers, who was weak but still alive at that point, near the vehicle were her "heavily burned" body had been set ablaze by some type of flammable liquid.

Tellis' trial began Tuesday with opening statements in Batesville, Mississippi, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Memphis, Tennessee. She died hours later at a Memphis hospital.

Lisa said she believes "somebody was with" her daughter during their phone conversation, according to local TV station WMC. Champion also said he believed the accused suffocated Chambers, following which he assumed he had killed her.

"She had her arms out, saying, 'Help me, help me, help me, '" Haley testified Tuesday. The pair had met only weeks before. "But Jessica was set on fire", Champion said.

Citing statements Mr Tellis made to investigators, Mr Champion said Mr Tellis and Ms Chambers had sex in her auto later that evening.

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

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

"Ok.so if you thought you killed her but turned around and killed her". The difficulty was partly because of her injuries- they testified her mouth was charred - and partly from all the noise of rescue equipment surrounding them. She didn't know the person's last name. "She knew his name is Quinton Tellis".


"He insisted this is not something he would do", Palmer said.

Day 2 consisted of testimony nearly entirely comprised of first responders who were called to the scene of the fire. At times tearful, Haley described the teen's condition, the Appeal reports.

Chambers said Tellis repeatedly lied to investigators about spending time with her in the hours before she was found.

"There appeared to be a zombie coming out of the woods", Jody Morris, a volunteer firefighter, also reportedly testified.

Her body was covered with soot and blisters and her hair was singed.

"I asked her who did this", Cole testified. "I held her hand".

Tellis has pleaded not guilty. His murder trial is expected to last up to two weeks, according to the Appeal. The prosecutor also said Tellis's alibi was fabricated.

Quinton Tellis, 29, faces life in prison if convicted of capital murder in the burning death of Jessica Chambers.

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