Jurors begin deliberations in Mississippi burned woman case


Mississippi jurors on Sunday commenced deliberating the destiny of a person accused of murder adhering to a 2nd trial above prices that he set a woman on fire in 2014.

The case, tried using in Batesville ahead of jurors from an additional county, concluded just after 6 times of testimony in the dying of 19-calendar year-previous Jessica Chambers.

Jurors couldn’t attain a verdict in 29-yr-old defendant Quinton Tellis’ 1st demo final calendar year. The case, beginning with a smoldering and mortally wounded Chambers stumbling absent from her burning automobile on the outskirts of the north Mississippi hamlet of Courtland, has captured huge attention.

Like in the first trial, closing arguments highlighted jurors’ alternative. Prosecutors say evidence backlinks Tellis to Chambers’ demise and he lied to investigators. The protection emphasizes testimony by emergency employees that they read a dying Chambers say a person named Eric attacked her and that prosecutors concocted a sophisticated idea that would make Tellis glimpse like a “supercriminal.”

“I believe that we have confirmed aspect required and I contend to you we have proven each individual ingredient expected to prove Quinton Tellis responsible of funds murder further than a acceptable question,” Panola County Assistant District Attorney Jay Hale instructed jurors.

Hale pointed to cellphone spot details and surveillance video that supports prosecutors’ timeline. They say Tellis and Chambers experienced intercourse soon after returning to Courtland from ingesting at a rapidly foods restaurant and that Chambers’ vehicle was pushed to a roadside. They say Tellis walked residence, dropping Chambers’ keys along the way, catching a trip. Then they say he borrowed an SUV, got a fuel can, and returned to established Chambers on hearth.

“Quinton Tellis went down to that crime scene and lit this boy or girl on fireplace,” Hale said.

Protection legal professional Alton Peterson explained to jurors that is a challenging circumstance producing Tellis out to be a “supercriminal.” He instructed that investigators, out of potential customers months after the criminal offense, unfairly concentrated on Tellis. He said there are also numerous facts not in proof and prosecutors are inquiring jurors to make way too a lot of “jumps” in a timeline that is “totally ridiculous.”

“They came back again to Quinton Tellis and they started off functioning backwards,” Peterson said. “They arrived up with a photo and it was their work to make the evidence suit into that photo.”

For case in point, they questioned a new witness who did not testify in the 1st demo — Sherry Flowers — who said she picked up an unknown black male whom prosecutors contend was Tellis.

“One thing feel a small suspicious to you, another person exhibiting up now?” questioned defense lawyer Darla Palmer in closing arguments. “Appears to be created up to me.”

Protection attorneys also once again pounded on testimony by 10 unexpected emergency staff that Chambers informed them at the scene that “Eric” experienced attacked her. Palmer urged jurors to discount testimony by two experts who mentioned Chambers couldn’t have fashioned phrases effectively.

“There is fair doubt in this case,” Palmer explained. “Where is Eric? Wherever is the true research of Eric who did this?”

Prosecutors confirmed several hours of interrogation movie with Tellis, arguing many improvements in his tale confirmed he was lying.

“Quinton Tellis experienced naturally not been truthful with investigators,” Hale stated. “He lied.”

Defense attorneys, however, stated Tellis was remaining questioned 10 months or more time right after the incident and shouldn’t be blamed for misremembering some facts.

“Did he show up to be dishonest?” Palmer requested. “That is the fundamental thing. No, he held speaking. He ongoing to talk about and wished to give them information and facts about what transpired.”

Tellis faces one more murder indictment in Louisiana in the Monroe stabbing demise of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a former Taiwanese graduate student. He was already serving five yrs in jail in Mississippi on an unrelated burglary conviction and had by now pleaded responsible to unauthorized use of Hsiao’s debit card in Louisiana.