Day 2 Of Testimony In Murder Trial Of Man Charged With Killing Jessica Chambers

BATESVILLE, Miss. ( - Emotional testimony today in the Jessica Chambers murder trial in Panola County, Mississippi.

Quinton Tellis is accused of setting the 19-year-old on fire December 6th, 2014.

The state called 18 witnesses Wednesday


Most were first responders who became emotional when they were asked to describe Jessica Chambers condition.

"He was holding her hand. He told her just hang on. Just please," said Courtland Firefighter Shane Mills.


The state called more than one dozen witnesses to testify about the night of December 6th, 2014...when 19-year-old Jessica Chambers was found burning alive on a country back road outside of Batesville, Mississippi.


Mills told the jury, "I can't picture it for y'all. She was burned. Her hair was beautiful blonde and you know you look at it at the time and her hair it was just fried."

First responders were asked what Chambers said when they found her. Some testified...they couldn't understand the teen because she was so badly burned.

Other first responders testified it sounded like Chambers said the name "Eric"...when they asked her who set her on fire but they couldn't be certain.


"She was a fighter. I mean she-she was trying to answer questions, she was trying to tell us who she was. Pretty outstanding if you ask me," said volunteer Courtland Firefighter Brandie Davis.

Although prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

This is still a capital murder case because of the third-degree arson charge.

If convicted, Tellis faces life in prison without parole.

Court resumes Thursday at 9 am.

The jury is expected to visit the scene at some point.





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