Jessica Chambers in Panola County, Mississippi murdered!

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i friend of me here in Germany told me this morning that his niece was murdered a few days ago....

COURTLAND, Miss. -- The death of a 19-year-old Panola County, Mississippi woman who was found badly burned on a road near her burning car Saturday is being investigated as a homicide, and police are searching for her killer.

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said Jessica Chambers died after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

A passerby called the sheriff's office after seeing her burning car along a road in Northern Mississippi, about 65 miles south of Memphis. Chambers was found burning near the car that was also engulfed in flames.

She was flown to a hospital in Memphis but later died.

Before she died at the hospital, the teen tried to tell responders who killed her, her father told CBS affiliate WREG.

Authorities say initial autopsy results reveal that Jessica died from severe burns that covered 98 percent of her body.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Panola County Sheriff's Office are seeking phone records and witnesses to find out who could be responsible, reports the station.

Darby said detectives are working to learn who the woman may have been with before her murder. The teen's mother, Lisa Chambers, told the station that her daughter lived with her and that she planned to get her car cleaned Saturday evening.

Lisa Chambers said she last spoke to her daughter on the phone around 6:48 p.m. Jessica told her she was going to get something to eat, she told the station.

"[She] said 'Bye, I love you, Mama. See you in a little while.' Next time I seen her, she was in the Med," Chambers said.

Lisa Chambers said her daughter had a job at a department store and cheered in high school.

"God's punishment is going to be far more worse than anything that we can do," Chambers said of her daughter's killer.

Justice for Jessica!
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24 Feb 2016

Mississippi prosecutors charged the man suspected of burning to death 19-year-old Jessica Chambers with capital murder -- a charge that has the possibility of the death penalty. Panola County District Attorney John Champion announced the charges against Quinton Verdell Tellis, 27, at a press conference Wednesday morning held by investigators who worked on the case for the past 14 hours and were baffled by the scarcity of information on the mysterious murder.
"This has been the most unusual case that I've ever dealt with, the nature of how she died was very brutal and very horrendous," Champion said. Investigators offered few details in how they came to single out Tellis in the murder of the cheerleader. The crime shook up the tiny Courtland, Miss., town where she was discovered in December 2014 outside of her white 2005 Kia Rio with more than 90 percent of her body burned. She was found by firefighters after she had managed to escape the flame-engulfed car, but died hours later at a hospital in Memphis.

Medical examiners later discovered she had been forced to drink lighter fluid by her assailant before being lit on fire inside her car. It's believed Chambers was having a relationship with Tellis, even though they were eight years apart. Investigators called the crime "personal" and not gang-related, although they said Tellis, a Panola County native, belonged to a gang and has prior burglary and felony invasion charges on his record. Tellis was indicted on Tuesday for Chambers' murder while behind bars in connection with another murder of a young woman, University of Louisiana Monroe Taiwanese exchange student Meing-Chen Hsiao, who was found stabbed to death in her apartment in August 2015.

Tellis was not charged in Hsiao's murder but was arrested in November while he was living with his wife in Monroe, La., after it was discovered he was using credit cards belonging to the murdered exchange student and for marijuana possession. Investigators said they were "confident" they had the right suspect after a grand jury decided to indict him on Tuesday. "I'm very confident we'll not have any charges against other suspects," Champion said during the press conference. She reportedly told medics that someone named "Eric" had lit her on fire, but investigators interviewed more than 150 people and hadn't named any suspects until now.

Chambers family, who was present at the news conference, briefly thanked the investigators for their tireless work. "I take my hat off to them ...The hard work they've done never stopped," Bill Chambers, Jessica's father and an employee of the Panola County Sheriff's Department, said, who added that he would allow whatever charges District Attorney Champion pursues against Tellis. "Whatever law allows, we'll allow whatever he decides I agree with," he said.


15 Jul 2015

The man who stands accused of dousing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, a Courtland teenager, with flammable liquid and setting her ablaze along a lonely road in 2014,  entered a plea of not guilty Friday in DeSoto County Circuit Court. The alleged crime occurred in Panola County but the presiding judge in the case, Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham, heard the plea on Friday in Hernando. Chatham serves as Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial District.

Wearing a standard, jail-issue bright yellow jumpsuit and speaking softly as he approached the bench, 27-year-old Quinton Verdell Tellis entered the not guilty plea through his attorney. The case has drawn national attention and Tellis faced a phalanx of television and still photographers inside the courtroom and outside as Tellis was hustled back to the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center facility where he has been housed since extradition proceedings from Louisiana, where he was being held on another charge in connection with the alleged stabbing death of another young woman. In that unrelated case, he was charged with the unauthorized use of the woman's debit card, which Louisiana prosecutors allege was obtained through robbery.

Chambers was discovered on Dec. 6, 2014, barely alive after being set on fire near her car on rural Herron Road in Panola County. She would carry the identity of her alleged killer with her to the grave. A special grand jury in Panola County charged Tellis with capital murder in the death of Chambers while "in commission of the crime of third-degree arson." Tellis is also charged as a habitual offender due to past convictions in Panola involving two burglary cases.

His voice cracking with emotion, Jessica Chamber's father, Ben Chambers, said his family has leaned heavily on their Christian faith to enable them to get through the ordeal. It's that same faith that will see them through the trial of his daughter's alleged killer, according to Chambers. "I hope everything works out," Ben Chambers said after being escorted out the rear of the courthouse by armed deputies. "I know it will. I am a man of faith. The best law enforcement in the world has worked on this case -- I can tell you that."

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