The man who had been charged with the burning death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers is headed to Louisiana to face charges of murdering a different woman in 2015.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a Mississippi judge declared a mistrial in the Chambers this week after a jury could not agree to a verdict. This was the second time Tellis had been tried for the murder of Jessica Chambers, and last year’s proceedings also ended in a hung jury and a mistrial.
Ming-Chen Hsiao, a Taiwanese exchange student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was found murdered in her apartment in July 2015. Days later, Tellis allegedly used her stolen ATM card to take cash out of her account. According to the Commercial Appeal, prosecutors believe that Tellis stabbed Hsiao dozens of times, torturing her into giving him her PIN number.
Panola County District Attorney John Champion told the newspaper that Tellis is expected to be transferred back from Mississippi to Louisiana, where he had been serving a jail sentence on a burglary charge, this week. Champion also said that he had not yet made a decision about whether Tellis would be tried a third time for the murder of Jessica Chambers, but that he wanted Tellis’s case in Louisiana to be resolved before that happened.
“We actually borrowed him from Louisiana, so before we do anything, Louisiana will have to finish their case,” Champion said.
[Feature image: Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP, Pool]