- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/2eCpbsT) 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 as he sat in the Ouachita Parish Jail in Monroe, Louisiana, where he was being held on charges connected to the July stabbing death of 34-year-old Meing-Chen Hsiao of Taiwan. He has pleaded not guilty in Chambers‘ death.

Officials said Tellis admits that Chambers was with him the night she died. The two allegedly had a relationship in the weeks leading up to her death.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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