The man accused of burning alive a 19-year-old former cheerleader in Mississippi admitted to deleting her text messages and contacts in the days immediately following her horrific murder.
Quinton Tellis is facing a jury for a second time as testimony in his retrial for the murder of Jessica Chambers began this week. Tellis has been charged with murder, accused of burning Jessica Chambers alive on December 6, 2014.
The suspect’s first murder trial ended in a mistrial when a jury could not agree on a verdict.
On Thursday, the third day of testimony in Tellis’s retrial, FBI agent Dennis Blout took the stand to testify about his interrogation of the suspect. According to Fox News, Blout testified that Tellis told him he had spent time with Jessica earlier in the day of her murder, along with a friend of Jessica’s. He said that he saw her once again to give her some money, and that exchange at a convenience store was the last time he saw her.
Tellis also reportedly admitted to deleting Jessica Chambers’s contact and their message history from his cell phone.
In an interview for the Oxygen documentary series “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers,” Tellis’s sister defends her brother’s choice to delete Jessica’s contact, arguing that there was no need to keep the information in his phone as he would not be talking to Jessica again.
The Jessica Chambers murder trial enters its fourth day of testimony on Friday.