Day 1 Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

  • Day 1 Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

Day 1 Jessica Chambers Murder Trial

A jury in the trial of a man charged with setting a 19-year-old MS woman on fire and leaving her to die along a rural back road is scheduled to visit the crime scene in the case.

The trial is being held in Batesville, but because of the intense media coverage surrounding her death, the judge ordered jurors to come from Pike County, which is more than 200 miles south of the trial city.

Daniel Cole affirmed Wednesday about the demise of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers at the capital murder trial of the man blamed for killing her on December 6, 2014. Both people were at the same location on the day of Chambers' death, and Tellis admitted to having sex with her in her auto.

Chambers' statement, made only hours before she died of her injuries in the hospital early the next morning, was the subject of debate in the opening of the murder trial for her accused killer, Quinton Tellis, according to multiple news reports.

Cole and additionally a few specialists on call told members of the jury Wednesday that Chambers reacted "Eric" when asked who had set her ablaze.

Tellis, 29, faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Tellis has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Jessica Chambers. Some of the responders said they knew her while others didn't. "Her hair was seared ... ash all around her nose and her mouth ... rankling everywhere on her body", Cole, executive of crisis operations for Panola County, told legal hearers.

The youngster, who had been soaked with a combustible fluid and set on fire, was first found rising up out of the forested areas close to her consuming auto wearing just her clothing.

Citing statements Mr Tellis made to investigators, Mr Champion said Mr Tellis and Ms Chambers had sex in her vehicle later that evening.

Defense noted Chambers did not say Tellis' name when asked who hurt her. "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.

A man burned a woman alive after he thought he killed her during sex.

Among Tuesday's five witnesses was Cole Haley, a former volunteer fire chief and one of the first responders who found Jessica burning.

Cole said he had never witnessed a person being so badly burned in all his years of firefighting experience.

"I laid her down on the ground and she reached out for my hand", Haley said. "Her arms were out, and her hair was fried".

"I comforted her and maintained her consciousness".

Opening statements were given and the first witnesses took the stand in the Jessica Chambers murder trial.

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.

"That's my baby girl" was the tearful answer of Lisa Chambers, mother of the victim, when shown a picture of her daughter Jessica. A trial date in Louisiana is pending the outcome of his trial in Mississippi.