Trial begins for alleged murderer accused of burning his victim alive

WATCH LIVE Opening Statements Begin In Murder Trial Of Man Charged With Killing Jessica Chambers

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In any case, protection lawyers say Chambers told firefighters on the scene that a man named Eric set her ablaze - not the man accused of her murder.

The murder trial for 19-year-old Jessica Chambers is underway.

Quinton Tellis, 29, is blamed for murdering Chambers, a previous secondary school team promoter from Courtland, Miss., who was found along a byway nearly a tree cultivate about three years back.

Prosecutors guarantee Tellis lied over and again to agents about investing energy with Chambers in the prior hours she was found with consumes on 93 percent of her body.

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

In court Wednesday, however, Cole said it was loud on the scene, where they were positioned behind a firetruck, and that when he first asked her name upon arriving at the scene, he thought she said her name was Katrina, Tina or Courtney.

Tellis' attorneys argued that Chambers told first responders that someone named Eric set her on fire.

He said Chambers and Tellis had only known each other for a short time before she was burned to death on a backroad in the rural community of Courtland.

According to Fox News, Mr Tellis later acknowledged they were together in the evening, saying he met her to sell her marijuana and had sex with her in her vehicle, Champion said.

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BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jessica Chambers was on fire when she was found along a back road near a north MS tree farm.

Chambers' friend Kesha Myers, one of five witnesses who testified on Tuesday after the opening statements, said she was with Chambers and Tellis earlier that December day, according to the Appeal.

Palmer also stressed the apparent discrepancy of Jessica's description of her killer.

Authorities have said previously that Chambers was on fire when she was found.

Palmer also said eight first responders who treated Chambers asked her if she knew who did it.

"He insisted this is not something he would do", Palmer said.

Tellis has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Jessica Chambers. "Her hair was singed. soot all around her nose and her mouth. blistering all over her body", Cole, director of emergency operations for Panola County, told jurors. Records showed that her client was buying a Green Dot card 5 miles away at the time of the crime, she said. Quinton Tellis' DNA was reportedly found on those keys, the prosuction says.

Mr Tellis faces another murder indictment in Louisiana, where he's accused in the torture death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a 34-year-old Taiwanese graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. No trial date has been set in that case.

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