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Trial For Man Charged With Killing Jessica Chambers Delayed

SARDIS, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - Justice for Jessica Chambers will take longer than expected. Her accused killer, Quinton Tellis, attended a status hearing Monday morning at the Panola County Courthouse in Sardis, Mississippi.

Tellis is accused of capital murder and third-degree arson in the burning death of Chambers back in December 2014. The new trial date is set for October 9th. The trial had been set for June, but the daughter of one of the defense attorneys is sick and will undergo treatments, so the judge agreed to move the trial date.

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby says he's ok with that because he's confident about the case against Tellis."It's a lot involved in it. It was lengthy, difficult times, but it's very well prepared."

Wearing a yellow jumpsuit and handcuffs, Quinton Tellis was escorted to an unmarked gold Tahoe to be taken back to the DeSoto County jail from the courthouse in Sardis.

He attended a status hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes.

"You can't hurry up in a case like this,” says Sheriff Darby. “I am not a politician. I have a political position, but I'm not a politician. So, we do it in a manner in which is done right. Fair to every side. This is my county. It's personal to me that's the reason I considered the position of sheriff. We take care of the good, the bad, and the ugly here too. We don't show any partiality to anybody. It's gotta be fair. It's gotta be honest. It's gotta be reasonable."

Darby has said since the beginning; this case is personal to him. "It has been personal. Knowing a young lady as I did and seeing her around this county and not being here now under the circumstances, you know you've got to put forth every effort. It's getting long. It gets hard, but that's when the good policing comes out."

Another status hearing will be held June 19th in Batesville to discuss where the trial will be held, and how the jury will be chosen.


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