Justice for Jessica Chambers

Published 9:13 am Thursday, October 12, 2017

It has been almost three years since the horrible crime that killed Jessica Chambers in Panola County.

Chambers, 19, was burned to death in the most horrific manner. She was found walking up the highway, burning, and a firefighter who found her said it was “one of the worst things you can imagine.”

Authorities arrested Quinton Tellis for the crime and he has pleaded not guilty to capital murder. We bring this all up because Tellis’ trial is currently underway, and a jury will get to decide if he is responsible for the crime.

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Prosecutor John Champion, a native of Oxford, said in trial opening statements Wednesday he believes Tellis suffocated Chambers and thought he had killed her.

He said Tellis then drove Chambers’ car with her inside it to the back road, ran to his sister’s house nearby, jumped in his sisters’ car, stopped to pick up gasoline from a shed at his house and torched Chambers’ car and her, according to the Associated Press.

The trial will be painful for jurors and painful for those who knew Chambers. We also remember how we struggled to understand this grisly crime that happened so near our community.

We hope that jurors find the truth in this trial, whatever that may be.