Crime Firefighters Testify Jessica Chambers Said 'Eric' Set Her on Fire

21:01  12 october  2017
21:01  12 october  2017 Source:   NBC News

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Firefighters Say Burned Woman Jessica Chambers Said ‘ Eric ’ Set Her on Fire . — A severely burned Mississippi woman told firefighters before she died that someone named Eric set her on fire , several of the firefighters testified Wednesday.

The trial of the 19-year-old former high school cheerleader, Jessica Chambers , who was burned to death three years ago, continued through Tuesday and Wednesday in Batesville, Mississippi, with firefighters testifying she told them someone named " Eric " or "Derek" set her on fire , reports said .

Image: Quinton Tellis © Quinton Tellis, 29, sits in a Batesville, Mississippi, courtroom on Oct. 10, 2017. The trial this we... Image: Quinton Tellis BATESVILLE, Miss. — A severely burned Mississippi woman told firefighters before she died that someone named Eric set her on fire, several of the firefighters testified Wednesday.

The firefighters and paramedics testified in the trial of Quinton Tellis in Batesville, Mississippi, about 50 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.

Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of the 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, who authorities said was found with burns on 93 percent of her body on Dec. 6, 2014, in Courtland, Mississippi. She died hours later. Prosecutors say Tellis set Chambers and her car on fire in a rural back road and left her to die.

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Chambers was on fire when she was discovered, next to her burning car along a back road in Courtland, Miss., Dec. 6, 2014. (AP) — Firefighters who talked to a severely burned Mississippi woman say the victim, who later died of her injuries, told them that someone named Eric set her on

burned Mississippi woman told firefighters before she died that someone named Eric set her on fire , several of the firefighters testified Wednesday. Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of the 19-year-old Jessica Chambers , who authorities said was found with burns on 93

Defense attorney Darla Palmer maintained in opening statements Tuesday that Tellis has been falsely accused, and that Chambers' dying statement to firefighters shows the killer was someone else.

The horrific circumstances surrounding the former high school cheerleader's death garnered national attention. The trial has been emotional, with witnesses breaking down on the stand and spectators crying when jurors were shown graphic photos of Chambers' burned stomach and face.

Citing statements Tellis made to investigators, prosecutor John Champion said in his opening statement that Tellis and Chambers had sex in her car the evening she was found burned. Champion said he believes Tellis suffocated Chambers and thought he had killed her.

Justice for Jessica? Suspect in Death of Jessica Chambers Goes to Trial on Monday

  Justice for Jessica? Suspect in Death of Jessica Chambers Goes to Trial on Monday The December 6, 2014 murder of former high school cheerleader Jessica Chambers, shocked the close-knit town of Courtland, Mississippi. Now, almost three years later, the trial of Quinton Tellis, who grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same high school as Jessica, is expected to begin in Panola County circuit court in Batesville on Monday.

burned Mississippi woman told firefighters before she died that someone named Eric set her on fire , several of the firefighters testified Wednesday. Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of the 19-year-old Jessica Chambers , who authorities said was found with burns on 93

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A severely burned Mississippi woman told firefighters before she died that someone named Eric set her on fire , several of the firefighters testified Wednesday. The firefighters and paramedics testified in the trial of Quinton Tellis in Batesville, Mississippi, about 50 miles

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, Champion said.

Firefighters who responded to the scene wrapped Chambers in blankets to keep her warm. She was wearing nothing but underwear when she was found, and she had trouble saying more than a few words at a time, firefighters said.

One of the first firefighters on the scene, Daniel Cole, said Chambers had soot around her nose and mouth. Cole said he asked her, "Who did this?"

Cole said he heard her say, "Eric set me on fire."

Image: Gerald Chatham, Lisa Chambers © Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham, right, waits for Lisa Chambers to regain her composure as she recalls ... Image: Gerald Chatham, Lisa Chambers

Firefighter Shane Mills said he was horrified to see her condition. Mills said he knew Chambers, but did not recognize her at first.

"One of the worst things you could imagine," Mills said. "I can't picture it for y'all. Her hair was, you know, beautiful blonde. You look at it at the time, her hair is just fried."

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