Quinton Tellis, right, is seen on the first day of his new process in Batesville, Miss., Tuesday, Sept. 25 2018. Tellis is charged with the burning of the 19-year-old Jessica Chambers to death, almost three years ago, on Dec. 6, 2014. Tellis has pleaded not guilty to the murder. (Brad Vest/The Commercial appeal via AP, Pool)
BATESVILLE, Miss. – The Last of a trial period (all times are local):
At least four of the Mississippi workers say that they heard from a dying woman to tell that she is a person with the name Eric had her on the fire.
The men testified Tuesday in the capital murder re-examination of Quinton Tellis, who is accused of the killing of Jessica Chambers in 2014 by her in fire. Jurors could not reach a verdict in the first trial last year.
Earlier Tuesday, a therapist testified that Chambers was so severely burned that she would not have been able to produce “articulate” sound.
Tellis’ defense lawyers say prosecutors have the wrong man on trial and urge jurors to believe what firefighters, paramedics, and others heard, on a roadside on the outskirts of the rural Courtland.
Prosecutors say evidence, including mobile phone locations, video, DNA on a keychain and Tellis’ statements point to kill him Rooms.
In the afternoon
A therapist says a Mississippi woman who suffered fatal burns could not speak clearly after she was set on fire.
Carolyn Wiles Higdon testified Tuesday in the trial of Quinton Tellis, which is repeated for the murder in the 2014 death of Jessica Chambers. Jurors could not reach a verdict in the first trial last year.
Higdon says Chambers was so severely burned that she would not have been able to produce “articulate” sound within two to three minutes after she was burned.
That testimony could help undercut a key defense argument — that several aid workers heard of a dying Chambers says someone with the name “Eric” attacked her. Defense attorneys asked jurors to trust that a testimony — a foundation of their arguments in the first trial.
Prosecutors say evidence pointed to Tellis kill Rooms.
Prosecutors say evidence shows a man killed a Mississippi woman by her fire, but the defense lawyers say that prosecutors can’t prove it, and that someone else killed her.
Quinton Tellis is retried on capital murder charges in the death of Jessica Chambers in 2014, after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict in a first trial last year.
This process could take up to a week. Prosecutors say cell phone locations, video, DNA on a keychain and Tellis’ statements link to him on Chambers’ death. A new witness can testify she picked up Tellis that night near where Chambers was burned.
The defense emphasized several helpers heard the dying Chambers says someone with the name “Eric” attacked her.
Tellis faces another murder charge in 2015 the death of Opinion-Chen Hsiao in Monroe, Louisiana.