Firefighters Give Harrowing Testimony in Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

Quinton Tellis is accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers alive in her car

In any case, protection lawyers say Chambers told firefighters on the scene that a man named Eric set her ablaze - not the man accused of her murder. "She answered, 'Eric, '" firefighter Brandie Davis affirmed on the second day of the trial in Batesville, Mississippi.

In December 2014, Chambers was discovered beside her burning vehicle on a rural Panola County road with severe burns to 98 percent to her body. The victim met Tellis two weeks before her death, he said.

Champion said her vehicle keys were found at the scene, allegedly with Tellis' DNA on them.

"Horrific burns", Champion said.

The prosecution reportedly argued that Tellis - previously described as a "habitual" criminal offender - tried to suffocate Jessica after the two had sex in her vehicle that night. Palmer said that Chambers, who was "alert, able to speak", told at least eight first responders a man named Eric was responsible for burning her and her auto.

He said Chambers and Tellis had only known each other for a short time before she was burned to death on a backroad in the rural community of Courtland.

"When we start showing you the number of lies that he told and how he had to when he's confronted with the physical evidence and the cell phone data, there was no way out for him", Champion said of Tellis, according to station WATN.

Tellis faces life in prison if convicted of capital murder. "I asked, 'Who did this to you?' She replied, 'Eric.' I asked again, 'Baby girl who did this?' and she replied, 'Eric, '" Davis said, reading his statement in court. She said Tellis was buying a pre-paid debit card miles away in Batesville at the time Chambers was burned.

Palmer told jurors that Tellis never confessed to the killing. She didn't know the person's last name.

A long-lasting firefighter said Wednesday he had never observed a casualty so severely consumed when he found a youthful MS lady lying on the ground, scarcely ready to talk, in the wake of being purposefully determined to flame.

"He insisted this is not something he would do", Palmer said.

Cole Haley, who was Fire Chief for the Courtland Volunteer Fire Department on December 6, 2014, took the stand next. Tellis has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities analyzed over 20,000 telephone numbers as part of the investigation and 40 people are listed in court documents as potential witnesses in the trial, WREG reported.

In an unrelated case, he has been indicted for murder in the death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a 34-year-old Taiwanese graduate student in Louisiana. A trial date in Louisiana is pending the outcome of his trial in Mississippi.

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