Opening Arguments Heard In Chambers Murder Trial

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BATESVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — The trial of Quinton Tellis, accused in the death of Jessica Chambers, is underway in Batesville. In his opening statement, Tuesday district attorney John Champion said he believes Tellis suffocated Chambers before setting her car on fire to cover up evidence. The state is expected to call three dozen witnesses to testify and although it is a capital murder case prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. Chambers was doused with gasoline and found burning alive on a back road in Courtland, Mississippi on December 6th, 2014. The defense claims the wrong man is on trial for murder, Tellis didn’t do it and that Chambers told responding firefighters that someone named “Eric” had set her on fire.



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