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Murder trial of Jessica Chambers begins in Panola County

Quinton Tellis. Courtesy of Panola County Sheriff's Department.

Monday night, jurors were transported from Pike County to Panola County for today’s opening statements in the murder trial of Jessica Chambers.

Quinton Tellis, 29, has been charged with the murder of Chambers on Dec. 6, 2014, and faces life in prison without parole if convicted. Tellis has pleaded not guilty.

An investigation spanning nearly three years has wound through delay after delay, and could be complete by the turn of November.

Firefighters in Courtland found Chambers beside her burning car on a remote road near a tree farm. Chambers was quickly taken to a Memphis hospital, about 60 miles away, with burns over 98 percent of her body. She died hours later.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion stated he believes this crime to be “personal.”

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