The third day of testimony is underway at the retrial for murder suspect Quinton Tellis, accused of burning 19-year-old former cheerleader Jessica Chambers alive in December 2014.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a new witness took the stand on Wednesday to testify that she picked up a young male hitchiker the night of Jessica’s murder near the scene where she was found burned alive in Courtland, Mississippi. The witness provided a vague description of the young man — a black male in his 20s — but did not know his name and could not identify him.
The witness did not testify at suspect Quinton Tellis’s first murder trial, because she did not have a clear memory of the man, and because she said she believed her encounter was not significant. Tellis’s first trial ended in a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict.
The first two days of testimony found emergency responders and medical experts on the stand, with a heavy focus on the Jessica’s reported last words: Before she died, first responders testified that they asked her who did this to her and she said the name “Eric.” Some experts believe that Jessica’s tongue and throat were so badly burned that she would not have been able to enunciate properly.
Watch the livestream of the Jessica Chambers murder trial here, from WREG:
WATCH LIVE Testimony continues in Day 4 of Quinton Tellis' trial in the murder of Jessica Chambers
Posted by WREG News Channel 3 on Thursday, September 27, 2018