Updated: Monday, 11:40 ET
The woman accused of posting a photo of the jury at the Jessica Chambers murder trial is a family member of Quinton Tellis, the man accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica alive in December 2014.
We’re told Judge Chatham will put woman who posted pic of Jury… on the stand to face contempt charges. We’re told she’s a Tellis family member. Could get 30 days in jail for contempt #JessicaChambers #QuintonTellis @LocalMemphis
— Tish Clark (@local24tish) October 1, 2018
In another shocking development at the dramatic murder trial for the man accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers alive, a courtroom spectator allegedly took a photo of the jurors and posted it to social media.
The Clarion Ledger reports that Judge Gerald Chatham announced on Monday morning that a spectator had slipped an unauthorized cell phone into the Batesville, Mississippi, courtroom on Sunday and took a photo of the jurors before they entered into deliberations.
The judge said on Monday that the unidentified person should expect to be arrested.
“That person will be arrested,” Judge Chatham said. “This serves as your warning.”
A WREG reporter who is in the courtroom as the jury begins their second day of deliberations said on Twitter that it does not appear the incident will lead to a mistrial.
Suspect Quinton Tellis’s first trial ended in a mistrial last year when a jury could not agree to a verdict.
Just spoke with the sheriff. He said a woman snuck a phone into the courtroom and took the photo. He said they know who she is & will pick her up. He doesn’t believe this will cause a mistrial. #JessicaChambers
— Bridget Chapman (@bchapman_WREG3) October 1, 2018
Authorities believe they know the identify of the person and are expected to make an arrest.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information becomes available.