Not one, but two mistrials in the tragic death-by-arson of Jessica Chambers in Courtland, Mississippi, have left her friends and family wondering if the accused murderer, Quinton Tellis, will ever be brought to justice now that six years have passed since her demise.
And now, a two-hour television special about the brutal case in which Quinton Tellis allegedly set the 19-year-old woman’s car ablaze, “Jessica Chambers: An ID Murder Mystery,” features an EMT who remembers vividly the catastrophically burned teen’s desperate attempts to whisper the name of her killer before she succomed to her injuries, PC Popculture reports.
Daniel Cole, director of Spinola County Emergency Operations, recalled the emotionally charged scene on December 6, 2014, when he and his team of firefighters responded to a call about a car on a rural road that had been engulfed in a murderous conflagration — allegedly started by Quinton Tellis in a successful effort to kill Jessica Chambers.
In a stunningly horrific scene, the dying Chambers came rushing toward the EMTs — clad only in underwear, with 90 percent of her body charred by the cruel fire — in desperate seek of aid.
“I didn’t even ask her if it was an accident, I just asked her who did this to her,” Cole said.
Tragically, Jessica Chambers had been so badly burned — allegedly by Quinton Tellis — that her ability to communicate had been all but destroyed.
As Cole listened intently, knowing how crucial any information the teen could share would be in bringing the unidentified pyro-assailant to justice, Chambers strained to give them a name.
“She knew we couldn’t understand her, and she was getting frustrated with us,” Cole recalls in the new TV program, “and we were getting frustrated, because the more we asked, the more labored her speech and breathing would become.”
In the end, the EMTs told the cops that it sounded as if Jessica Chambers had said the name Derek or Eric. And yet after a challenging investigation replete with dead ends, the teenager’s friend Quentin Tellis was arrested and charged with her slaying, Meaww notes.
Chambers succumbed to her injuries the next day in a hospital and the name whispered by her was the only clue authorities had for the next several months to catch the culprit.
So intent was Jessica Chambers’ assailant — allegedly Quinton Tellis — in murdering her that he poured gasoline all over the car, her body, and even down her throat and up her nose.
As they sought to identify a suspect, Mississippi cops analyzed Chambers’ cell phone location data to analyze her movements during the final hours of her life.
They discovered that Chambers had driven to a gas station about a mile and a half from the spot where her car was set ablaze. After reviewing the CCTV footage from the station, investigators discovered that someone was with the teen at the time.
Eventually, the detectives’ inquiries led them to consider Quinton Tellis, with whom Jessica Chambers had reportedly been involved during the weeks leading up to her fiery death. The Clarion Ledger notes that prosecutors’ attempts to bust Tellis for the young woman’s murder ended in two mistrials.
Meanwhile, Tellis was arrested in Louisiana and charged with murder for the July 2015 death of Ming-Chen Hsiao, a recent graduate of the University of Louisiana Monroe.
According to District Attorney John Champion, Quentin Tellis was recently granted a bond in Louisiana for the Hsiao murder. And yet Mississippi maintains a hold on him for Jessica Chambers’ slaying.
This means that Tellis will remain incarcerated, regardless of which state he is in.
As Jessica Chambers’ family and friends continue to push for justice, Quentin Tellis languishes in legal limbo in the Ouachita Correctional Center in Louisiana.
The News Star reports that a writing analysis has concluded that the affidavit of a key witness in a pretrial hearing for the Hsiao muder was written by none other than Tellis himself.
An affidavit recanting testimony from a witness in a pre-trial hearing connected to a Monroe murder case was written, in part, by the murder suspect according to a handwriting analysis requested by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.