Trial date set in Jessica Chambers’ burning death

Jessica Chambers (Photo Courtesy: Remembering Jessica Chambers/Facebook)


BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) – The 28-year-old man accused in the 2014 burning death of teenager Jessica Chambers will stand trial June 19.

Quinton Tellis is charged with capital murder, accused of setting the 19-year-old girl on fire in Courtland, a town about 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. She was found Dec. 6, 2014, with burns over 98 percent of her body. She died after being airlifted to a Memphis hospital.

Quinton Tellis
Quinton Tellis

The Clarion-Ledger reports Tellis’ attorney, Alton Peterson, said he won’t comment until he receives parts of the discovery evidence from the district attorney’s office to determine what the investigation consists of.

Tellis, originally of Courtland, was indicted on capital murder charges by a special grand jury in Panola County in February. He has pleaded not guilty in Chambers’ death.

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