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« Reply #160 on: August 27, 2018, 09:12:24 PM »

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/08/21/oktibbeha-county-jurors-hear-second-quinton-tellis-trial/1053646002/

Jessica Chambers: Oktibbeha County jury to hear second Quinton Tellis trial in Batesville
Ron Maxey, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Published 1:59 p.m. CT Aug. 21, 2018 | Updated 4:29 p.m. CT Aug. 21, 2018

The retrial of Quinton Tellis for the 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers will be in Batesville — the same location as the first trial — with a jury selected in Oktibbeha County, District Attorney John Champion confirmed Tuesday.

The Dispatch newspaper of Columbus and Starkville first reported Friday that an order entered in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court last week indicated the jury would come from there. The order calls for a jury pool of at least 300 to be drawn Sept. 24, the day the retrial is scheduled to begin.

The Batesville venue will remain the same, Champion said.

"None of that has changed," Champion said. "As far as I know, the jury will be selected there (Oktibbeha County), brought to Batesville and sequestered."
 
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« Reply #161 on: September 12, 2018, 06:00:32 PM »

I will be happy when she gets justice and I can move this to SOLVED.
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« Reply #162 on: September 19, 2018, 08:41:22 PM »

I will be happy when she gets justice and I can move this to SOLVED.

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« Reply #163 on: September 19, 2018, 08:50:13 PM »

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/09/19/jessica-chambers-quinton-tellis-retrial-burning-death/1226105002/

Quinton Tellis retrial in Jessica Chambers' burning death set to begin Monday
Published 6:00 a.m. CT Sept. 19, 2018
 
The jury panel will be drawn from Oktibbeha County, some 120 miles southeast of Batesville. Batesville is about 60 miles south of Memphis.

Selection begins Monday morning in the Oktibbeha county seat of Starkville, where a pool of at least 300 potential jurors was called.

Attorneys on both sides hope a jury and alternates will be seated in a single day and transported Monday night to Batesville, where they will be sequestered for the duration of the trial. If that timeline holds, testimony will begin Tuesday.

The scenario is reminiscent of the first trial, when jurors were selected in South Mississippi's Pike County in one day then driven to Batesville for the trial.

Testimony is expected to focus largely on the same points as the first trial. Prosecutors are expected, however, to introduce at least one new witness who they believe will bolster their case. 

Alton Peterson of Jackson, who represents Tellis along with Darla Palmer of Jackson, said the defense case will continue to focus on the belief that someone named "Eric" committed the crime and not Tellis.

He said no new witnesses are expected for the defense, though that could change in the days before testimony begins.
 
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« Reply #164 on: September 25, 2018, 09:35:30 PM »

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/09/25/opening-arguments-first-witnesses-highlight-opening-morning-quinton-tellis-retrial-jessica-chambers/1413773002/

Testimony opens in Quinton Tellis retrial for Jessica Chambers slaying
Published 1:33 p.m. CT Sept. 25, 2018 | Updated 6:27 p.m. CT Sept. 25, 2018

BATESVILLE, Miss. – Testimony in the retrial of Quinton Tellis for the 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers opened Tuesday with attempts to answer the lingering question from the first trial — who was Eric?

Or, as Civil Defense Director Daniel Cole later testified, "Hhh... Hhh... Hairc."

First responders painted a much more detailed picture of the scene than they did in the first trial, which ended with a hung jury, going more in depth about what they actually heard firsthand. While two held out that they had helped Chambers and heard her clearly, several others testified they did not hear her or said she was so hard to hear that they had to get on the ground "in her face" to hear the sounds she was making.

Prosecutors and the defense team set the tone with opening statements, in which Assistant District Attorney Jay Hale warned jurors they would hear the name "Eric" early from witnesses, but that investigators had exhausted every lead related to anyone by that name or something similar.
 
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« Reply #165 on: September 26, 2018, 10:43:46 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/09/26/when-asked-eric-who-jessica-chambers-replied-no-what-does-mean-case/1430106002/

When asked 'Eric who?' Jessica Chambers replied, 'No.' What does that mean to the case?
Published 12:58 p.m. CT Sept. 26, 2018 | Updated 6:01 p.m. CT Sept. 26, 2018

BATESVILLE, Miss. — A Panola County deputy who spoke with Jessica Chambers the night she was burned alive said that when he asked her "Eric who?" she replied, "No."

"I don't know if she was saying 'No, not Eric,' or 'No, I don't know his last name,'" said Deputy Chuck Tucker from the witness stand Wednesday in the retrial of Quinton Tellis in the 2014 burning death of the Courtland teen. Tells' first trial last year ended in a hung jury.
 
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« Reply #166 on: September 27, 2018, 10:09:17 PM »

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/09/27/jurors-quinton-tellis-murder-trial-see-keys-sites-jessica-chambers-slaying-during-field-trip/1440731002/

Jessica Chambers case: Field trip helps jurors visualize the fateful evening
Published 2:20 p.m. CT Sept. 27, 2018 | Updated 5:46 p.m. CT Sept. 27, 2018

BATESVILLE, Miss. — From the remote spot where Jessica Chambers' burning car was found to the convenience store where surveillance footage showed the teen last alive, jurors in the Quinton Tellis murder trial got a firsthand look Thursday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys accompanied the jury on a morning-long field trip to more than a half-dozen sites in Courtland relevant to the case against Tellis, who is charged with capital murder in Chambers' Dec. 6, 2014, burning death.
 
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« Reply #167 on: September 28, 2018, 08:40:53 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/09/28/think-jessica-chambers-court-testimony-and-live-scene-recreation-draw-picture-chaos/1447606002/

'I think this is Jessica Chambers:' Court testimony and live scene recreation draw picture of chaos
Published 5:38 a.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018 | Updated 1:13 p.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018

You never know what to expect when a car fire call goes out over the radio.

You don't necessarily know until you get there exactly why or how much of that car is on fire. It could have been a wreck or a mechanical malfunction or a cigarette that flew back in the window and landed in the back seat.

Between court testimony in the retrial of Quinton Tellis in the burning death of Jessica Chambers and the recreation of the scene put together Thursday night, the story of a car fire call that was anything but routine unfolded in disturbing detail.
 
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« Reply #168 on: September 28, 2018, 08:46:40 PM »

https://www.wcbi.com/tellis-trial-friday-one-dna-test-says-tellis-dna-not-keys/

TELLIS TRIAL FRIDAY: One DNA test says Tellis DNA not on keys
By Robert Davidson -  September 28, 2018
 
Dr. Kathyrn Rogers from Brandon testified that one test included Tellis as a possible donor but a second more specific analysis said the DNA on the keys did not come from Tellis,  The broader Y chromosome test indicated that Tellis could be not  excluded from the donor list but that any family member on his father’s side could not be excluded either.    The DNA test that focused on X and Y chromosomes came back negative for Tellis DNA.
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« Reply #169 on: September 28, 2018, 08:52:07 PM »

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Jurors-see-interview-videos-of-man-accused-in-13267196.php

Jurors see interview videos of man accused in burning death
Sep. 28, 2018   Updated: Sep. 28, 2018 4:51 p.m.

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday played hours of interrogation videos in the trial of a man charged with burning a Mississippi woman to death, trying to show jurors how he repeatedly changed his story as he was confronted with contradictory evidence.

Quinton Tellis is being retried on capital murder charges in the 2014 death of Jessica Chambers after a jury couldn't reach a verdict in Tellis' first trial last year.

Prosecutors showed videos from at least three different questionings of Tellis in 2015 and 2016, local news outlets report. He was jailed during that time in Monroe, Louisiana, in relation to the stabbing death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, an international student from Taiwan. Tellis is also indicted for murder in her death and has already pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of her debit card.

Agent Scott Meadows of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified that Tellis emerged as a serious suspect after cellphone records began connecting his and Chambers' locations on the evening she died.

Tellis at first denied being with Chambers at any point during the evening.

"He swore on his momma he wasn't with Jessica," Meadows testified.

After investigators told him that his and Chambers' cellphones both traveled 5 miles (8 kilometers) from their hometown of Courtland to Batesville, he said he had met Chambers at a Taco Bell in Batesville.

But Tellis then told them he had borrowed a truck belonging to his friend, Michael "Big Mike" Sanford. Finally, when investigators told Tellis they knew Sanford and his truck had been at a football game in Nashville, Tennessee, that night, he admitted he rode with Chambers.

That put Tellis with Chambers up until about 6:30 p.m. on the night of her death. Investigators say both their cell phones then went silent for an hour after returning to Courtland. Prosecutors believe Tellis and Chambers had sex in her car on a rural backroad, leaving her unconscious. They contend Tellis then went and retrieved a gasoline can, lighting Chambers and her car on fire. She was found burned alive, staggering away from the burning car just after 8 p.m.
 
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« Reply #170 on: September 29, 2018, 07:29:32 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/09/29/jessica-chambers-case-defense-pressures-prosecution-doj-analyst-takes-stand/1471145002/

Saturday Jessica Chambers testimony: Defense pressures prosecution, DOJ analyst takes the stand
Published 12:17 p.m. CT Sept. 29, 2018 | Updated 4:06 p.m. CT Sept. 29, 2018

Throughout the retrial of Quinton Tellis, Department of Justice Analyst Paul Rowlett's name has come up dozens of times as the prosecution laid out the elements of their case.

Rowlett was the one the agents, officers, and deputies of dozens of agencies gave their information to as they did interviews, gathered information and extracted data.

On Saturday, Rowlett, entered as an expert witness in the field of intelligence analysis, took the stand and began to outline for the jury how his process is similar to taking 50 1,000-piece puzzles and dumping them all on the ground, eliminating some pieces, and then putting one puzzle together from all those mixed pieces.

You don't throw any pieces away, he said, but if they don't fit, you move them to the edge of the table. As the picture starts to clarify, then you may have to go back to the pieces you put aside earlier.

That, Rowlett said, is how Tellis' name came back up after he was put aside earlier in the case.

Rowlett said he received location data from several cellphones, including Tellis' and something major jumped out at him: Where Tellis said he was on the day of Jessica Chambers' death is not where his cellphone data says he was.

As a matter of fact, it showed he was with Chambers that evening. Shortly following that realization — what investigators have called the "ah-ha moment" — Rowlett called Special Agent Scott Meadows of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Agent Tim Douglas of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney John Champion, and ADA Jay Hale.
 
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« Reply #171 on: September 30, 2018, 03:31:24 PM »

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article219282970.html'

Jurors begin deliberations in Mississippi burned woman case
September 30, 2018 04:10 PM
 
Jurors couldn't reach a verdict in Quinton Tellis' first trial last year. The case, beginning with a mortally wounded Chambers stumbling away from her burning car, has captured wide attention.

Like in the first trial, closing arguments highlighted jurors' choice. Prosecutors say evidence links Tellis to Chambers' death, while the defense emphasizes testimony by emergency workers that they heard a dying Chambers say someone named Eric attacked her.

Tellis faces another murder indictment in Louisiana in the death of Meing-Chen Hsiao in Monroe.

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« Reply #172 on: September 30, 2018, 07:58:28 PM »

https://www.fox13memphis.com/traffic/jury-sent-home-will-continue-deliberating-in-jessica-chambers-murder-retrial-monday/840989108

Jury sent home, will continue deliberating in Jessica Chambers murder retrial Monday
Updated: Sep 30, 2018 - 7:32 PM
 
The members of the jury have been sent home for the night by the judge in the retrial for the murder of Jessica Chambers.

They sat through about four hours of testimony and final arguments Sunday.
 
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« Reply #173 on: September 30, 2018, 09:48:12 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/09/30/closing-arguments-set-begun-sunday-afternoon-quinton-tellis-retrial-jessica-chambers-murder/1475403002/

Jessica Chambers case: Jurors deliberating the fate of Quinton Tellis
Ron Maxey, Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 12:16 p.m. CT Sept. 30, 2018 | Updated 7:48 p.m. CT Sept. 30, 2018

BATESVILLE, Miss. – Jurors in Quinton Tellis' capital murder decided to resume deliberations Monday after 4˝ hours spent Sunday behind closed doors weighing the evidence.

The jury from Oktibbeha County began deliberations at 2:35 p.m. Sunday following six days of testimony in a second trial nearly a year after the first that ended in a hung jury. Their work began following testimony in the morning from three defense witnesses, a prosecution rebuttal witness and roughly two hours of closing arguments from the two sides.

The judge called jurors into court for a progress report shortly before 7. The forewoman said they’re making progress but need ”a little more time.”

Dinner was ordered as jurors continued deliberations.

Deliberations continued until around 7:30 p.m. and are set to resume at 9 a.m. Monday.

Closing arguments
 
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« Reply #174 on: October 01, 2018, 02:01:07 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/10/01/spectator-posts-pictures-jessica-chambers-jury-judge-threatens-arrest/1485317002/

Spectator posts pictures of Jessica Chambers jury, judge threatens arrest
Published 9:14 a.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018 | Updated 12:30 p.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018

BATESVILLE, Miss. — On Monday morning as jurors began a second day of deliberation in the Jessica Chambers murder trial,  Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham rebuked the courtroom sternly.

A spectator, he said, had smuggled a cellphone into the courtroom on Sunday and posted pictures of the jury on Facebook.
 
Batesville Police Chief James McCloud says the person cited by Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham for shooting a photo of jurors inside the courtroom has been cleared after seeing the photo.

McCloud said the woman in question came in and showed him what she had, and it was nothing improper. Unless someone produces a photo supposedly posted earlier showing jurors, McCloud said no action will be taken.

As jury deliberations continued Monday, the jurors sent a note to the court that said they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Chatham gave them an addition instruction.

"The court originally told you to consider each juror, but you are to consult with each other," he said.

Chatham advised them not to surrender their honest convictions, but to please consider and listen to their fellow jurors as well.

In 2017, the first trial of Quinton Tellis resulted in a mistrial. The first time the jury told the court they couldn't reach a verdict, the count was 7-5 in favor of the prosecution. When court was adjourned, the jury was 9-3 in favor of the prosecution.
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« Reply #176 on: October 01, 2018, 04:11:43 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/10/01/jessica-chambers-quinton-tellis-trial/1486412002/


Jessica Chambers trial jury hangs again
Therese Apel, Mississippi Clarion LedgerPublished 3:25 p.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018 | Updated 3:57 p.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018

For the second time, a jury of his peers could not decide collectively whether Quinton Tellis was the one who set 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire in a cove on a dark, lonely embankment in December 2014.

Neither side asked the judge to poll the jury to see who voted guilty and who voted not guilty, so it's unclear what the count was.

The lack of a verdict comes after a trial that has played out to be a serious courtroom drama.
 

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« Reply #177 on: October 01, 2018, 06:25:11 PM »

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2018/10/01/jessica-chambers-quinton-tellis-trial/1486412002/

Jessica Chambers trial jury hangs again
Therese Apel, Mississippi Clarion LedgerPublished 3:25 p.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018 | Updated 5:31 p.m. CT Oct. 1, 2018
 
"We've talked about for the last year, how do we make ourselves better?" said Champion. "We felt like bringing the speech pathologist in, we found Ms. (Sherry) Flowers, we thought that made us better. We had 12 wonderful jurors who did their job, and they just couldn't agree."

“We’re disappointed the jury didn’t find him not guilty. The ball is now in the court of the district attorney,” said defense attorney Alton Peterson.

Peterson said he believes Champion’s office has indicated it will retry, but Champion said he wasn’t commenting.

Champion said the jury in this case is one of the most attentive, hardworking juries he's ever worked with.

Chambers' family was not on site when the mistrial was declared, though Champion said he had spoken to them.

"Obviously they're upset. They wanted resolution just like we all did," said Champion
 
Now Tellis returns to Louisiana, where he is currently serving a 10-year sentence in Louisiana on charges of illegally using a credit card belonging to a woman who was found tortured to death.

"Obviously he's got to go back to Louisiana soon because they've got some deadlines approaching on a drug case they have down there on him, so we're going to have to get him down there as soon as we can," Champion said.
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