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Jury Seated In Retrial In Jessica Chambers Murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A jury is now seated in the retrial of the man accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014 in Panola County, MS. 

   

Nine African-Americans and three Caucasians will decide the fate of the 29-year-old Quinton Tellis, accused of burning Chambers to death.

 

Prosecutors are retrying the case after a hung jury last October.

 

In Batesville, MS Monday, where the retrial will be held, there's very few who didn't weigh in with an opinion or emotion.

 

They promised to keep tabs on the retrial and a second chance at closure.

 

"It's just like a sore, anytime you play with it it just brings back pain, you know," Walter Butler said.

 

That pain will be fresh again for many in Panola County, MS.

 

"There needs to be some justice," Suzanne Roland said. "I feel so bad for the family, I really do."

 

The first trial of Tellis last October ended in chaos and a hung jury when they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

 

"Jurors are jurors," Brenda George said. "You never know what's going to happen."

 

Prosecutors now bring back the same case and same defendant, but with a different juror pool.

 

"I hope they got it this time, they got it right," George said. "I hope so. If not, somebody else is walking around this community and that's bad."

 

Now, this community watches and waits again in the latest chapter of a nearly four-year crime saga.

 

"I'll be glad when we can get it over with, however it comes out, you know, I want to get it over where we can all get back to business and family like it used to be," Butler said.

 

The retrial of Tellis is expected to last a week or so. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

 

Tellis also faces another murder indictment in Louisiana. There's no trial date set in that case.

 

Local 24 News will stay on top of Tellis' retrial every step of the way. Stay with us on air, online and on our Local Memphis mobile app.


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