Grand jury indicts suspect in burning death of Jessica Chambers

By Dmitry Rashnitsov  |  Feb. 24, 2016 at 2:32 PM
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PANOLA COUNTY, Miss., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A Mississippi grand jury indicted a former love interest in the slaying of Jessica Chambers, who died after being lit on fire.

Quinton Verdell Tellis, 27, is charged with capital murder in Panola County, Miss., for the burning death of Chambers, 19.

An unnamed source told WREG she and Tellis dated on and off.

Tellis is in police custody in Louisiana, where he was arrested carrying the ATM card of a University of Louisiana student who had been found dead, WREG reported. Tellis has not been charged in that case.

Chambers was discovered engulfed in flames next to her burning car in December 2014. Ninety-eight percent of her body was burned.

Before her death, Chambers told the name of her attacker to police officers, who used the information to gather evidence, build a case and secure the grand jury's indictment over the last three months.

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