Misconduct Issue Surfaces Again in Tellis Case

PANOLA COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — Accused murderer Quinton Tellis is appealing a ruling that cleared a prosecutor of misconduct. An appeal filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court asks justices to reverse a finding that District Attorney John Champion’s actions didn’t hurt Tellis’ case. Tellis is accused of setting 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire in 2014. His first trial ended in a hung jury and he is scheduled for retrial. His lawyers say Panola County Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham applied the wrong legal standard in the case and should have analyzed whether Champion broke professional rules. Tellis claims Champion tried to intimidate or coach testimony from an inmate who was jailed with Tellis. Champion denies doing so and says he never believed the inmate’s story.



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