Tight Security For Jury In Upcoming Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

BATESVILLE, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - Security will be extremely tight when the Jessica Chambers murder trial begins next month. Quinton Tellis' capital murder trial will begin October 10th in Batesville.

 

Tellis is accused of setting Chambers on fire on a rural Panola County road back in December 2014. Because of the intense media coverage surrounding her death, the judge ordered jurors to come from Pike County, which is more than 200 miles south of Batesville.

That jury will be bussed to Batesville, where they will be sequestered during the entire trial, and will have security everywhere they go.

 

“There will be multiple officers there to provide any assistance this jury panel needs overnight. It will be around the clock security,” says Major Barry Thompson with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. “There will be roving plain clothes officers inside and outside the hotel in order to stop any outside contact with this jury. They will be absolutely safe.”

 

There will also be heightened security at the courthouse. Between 70 to 80 witnesses will be called during the trial.


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