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Prosecutors indict suspect for 2014 burning death of Mississippi teen

February 24, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Prosecutors indict suspect for 2014 burning death of Mississippi teen

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Prosecutors have indicted a Mississippi man, who is already a suspect in another murder, for the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, the  teen who was doused with an accelerant and set on fire back in 2014.

A special grand jury indicted 27-year-old Quinton Tellis on capital murder charges on Tuesday in the horrific burning death of Chambers.

Tellis has been in the custody of the Ouachita Parish Jail in Monroe, La. in connection with the August 2015 death of a University of Louisiana-Monroe exchange student.

Chambers was discovered walking on the side of a rural road in Panola County, Miss. with burns covering over 98 percent of her body after she was set on fire back on December 6th, 2014.

Meing-chen Hsiao, 34, was found stabbed to death in her Monroe, La., apartment in Aug. 2015, a year after Chambers was doused in lighter fluid before she and her car was set on fire by an assailant in December 2014.

Meing-Chen Hsiao, 34, was found stabbed to death in her Monroe, La., apartment in Aug. 2015, a year after Chambers was doused with lighter fluid before she and her car was set on fire by an assailant in December 2014.

Investigators said Chambers had managed to utter the possible name of her attacker to emergency responders. She later succumbed to her injuries at a Memphis hospital.

Authorities believe Tellis is the last person to be seen with Chambers on the night of her murder. Officials told The Clarion-Ledger that Tellis and Chambers were in a relationship in the weeks leading up to her death.

Police charged Tellis with three counts of unauthorized use of an access card and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in connection with the murder of ULM exchange student Meing-Chen Hsiao, 34, of Taiwan.

Hsiao was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Aug. 8 of last year, more than a week after she was reported missing.

Although Prosecutors have yet to charge Tellis in connection with Hsiao’s death; he is considered the primary suspect.

Tellis has previously served time in prison for burglary and fleeing law enforcement. He had been released on probation twice, most recently in October 2014, two months before Chambers was killed officials told The Clarion-Ledger.

He also had simple assault, and domestic violence charges against him dismissed in May 2011 after the complainants failed to show up to court.

Authorities in Panola County, Miss. are expected to release further at a press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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