The man accused of killing a 19-year-old Mississippi woman allegedly burned her alive in her car after he mistakenly thought he had suffocated her, prosecutors said on Tuesday. the trial began for 29-year-old Quinton Tellis who has pleaded 'not guilty' in the murder of Jessica Chambers.
While prosecutors say Tellis is responsible, a defense attorney said Chambers told firefighters who found her near her burning car that a man named Eric set her on fire - not Tellis.
Champion said cellphone records show that Chambers (left and right) and Tellis - who had met about two weeks before her death and had become friends - were together twice on the day she was burned.
'She didn't say any other name.'In his opening statement, Champion acknowledged that the first responders did hear her say the name 'Eric' or 'Derek.' Champion said she could have been saying 'Tellis,', but the damage done to her throat made it sound different. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)About 20,000 telephone numbers were analyzed in the investigation.
Tellis has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Jessica Chambers. Solis, Pool) Chambers was found walking on the road - wearing only underwear in 40F temperatures - when a passing motorist spotted her shortly after 8pm, Champion said.
(Pictured, where Chambers was found on December 6) Authorities have said previously that Chambers was on fire when she was found.
The trial began on Tuesday for Quinton Tellis, 29 (left), the man accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chamblers (right) of Mississippi by allegedly burned her alive in her car after he mistakenly thought he had suffocated her during sex, prosecutors said The former high school cheerleader had been doused with a flammable liquid, set ablaze, and left to die beside her burning car.
Prosecutor John Champion told jurors that they will see graphic photos of a burned Chambers and they will hear from about 35 witnesses.