Day One testimony continues in Jessica Chambers murder trial

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

Court is expected to start at approximately 10am ET/9am CT in Batesville, Mississippi.

Ms Chambers was spotted running around the road on flames, wearing only her underwear, by another driver. Prosecutors say Tellis set Chambers and her vehicle on fire in a rural back road and left her to die.

Prosecutor John Champion told jurors that they will see graphic photos of a burned Chambers and they will hear from about 35 witnesses. Charged as a habitual offender for three prior convictions, he would not have a chance at parole. A trial date in Louisiana is pending the outcome of his trial in Mississippi.

"I responded to the scene... approached the patient and asked her who she was".

The indictment's case will depend vigorously on mobile phone information that purportedly interfaces Tellis and the casualty on Chambers' last day.

Champion already tried to address a possible complication for the state's case.

District Attorney John Champion said he believes Tellis had sex with 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in the passenger seat of her auto before the events that lead to her death. Clearly, not the name of the defendant on trial.

Tellis initially told police he had not been with Chambers at all on the day of her death, but reportedly changed his story multiple times during questioning.

"I laid her down on the ground and she reached out for my hand", Haley said.

Defense attorney Darla Palmer's questioning Wednesday with first responders was spent going through their written statements, which were from 12 hours to two days after the incident and before Tellis was named a person of interest. Where Champion took nearly an hour to laid out the basis of his case, Palmer didn't make it to 10 minutes.

Jessica Chambers, 19, left, was intentionally set on fire before her murder on December 6, 2014. The victim gave consistent statements, as shown by official reports. "She didn't say any other name". She said Tellis was buying a pre-paid debit card miles away in Batesville at the time Chambers was burned.

Lisa Chambers, Jessica's mother, testified in court about her last interactions with her daughter.


Authorities have said previously that Chambers was on fire when she was found. He was later charged in her death as well, but has yet to stand trial. Cole testified. He then asked again, "Who did this to you?" When they found her, she had suffered burns on 93% of her body. "She knew Quinton. Quinton Tellis is his name".

Glenn Williams testified next.

Among Tuesday's five witnesses was Cole Haley, a former volunteer fire chief and one of the first responders who found Jessica burning.