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Prosecution begins day two of Jessica Chambers murder trial

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

Day two of the Jessica Chambers murder trial begins today.

Day one was marked by horrific details in the Batesville courtroom.

Prosecutor John Champion showed pictures of the 19 year old Chambers, who was found walking down a back road, wearing only underwear. Over 90 percent of her body had burns. First responders say chambers was still on fire when she was found.

The man accused in the crime is 29-year-old Quinton Tellis, who’s story has changed somewhat through the investigation. Prosecutors say Tellis first told investigators he only saw Chambers on the morning of her death. However, cell phone records showed different, and Tellis later acknowledged he and Chambers were together that evening.

About 20,000 telephone numbers were analyzed in the investigation. Witnesses will include cellphone data experts, Champion said.

Tellis’s defense says he’s being wrongfully accused. Tellis also faces another murder charge in the torture death of a Taiwanese grad student at the University of Louisiana Monroe. No trial date has been set in that case.

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