Quinton Tellis is on trial for murder in Mississippi in connection with the horrific burning death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers nearly three years ago.
The trial, which opened on Tuesday, will reportedly last up to two weeks. Dozens of witnesses are expected to testify about a crime that shook Chambers’ small community and made national news.
LawNewz is carrying a livestream of the court proceedings. Live video is also being published by local news outlets including the Clarion-Ledger.
Chambers was found severely burned near her car — which had also been set on fire — on a back-road in Courtland, Mississippi, on the night of Dec. 6, 2014.
She was conscious when first responders arrived on the scene but died hours later in the hospital.
During opening remarks, prosecutors argued that Tellis, whom Chambers had known for only a few weeks, tried to suffocate her after the two had sex in her car that night.
Thinking he succeeded, Tellis then doused Chambers’ car with gasoline and set both it and her on fire, the prosecution alleged.
“When we start showing you the number of lies that he told and how he had to when he’s confronted with the physical evidence and the cell phone data, …read more