A man has now been charged in the murder of Jessica Chambers, the 19-year-old cheerleader from Mississippi who was burned alive in December 2014.
The Daily Mail reports:
A man has been charged with murdering Mississippi teenager Jessica Chambers more than a year after she was doused in gasoline and burned to death.
Quinton Tellis, 27, is suspected of setting fire to 19-year-old Chambers’ car in Courtland, Mississippi, and leaving her there to die on December 7, 2014.
The pair were allegedly in a relationship, having both attended South Panola High School in Panola County, according to the Clarion Ledger. He is believed to be the last person that saw her before she was burned.
Tellis was indicted by a special grand jury for the case in Louisiana on Tuesday where he was already in custody in connection with the stabbing murder of a Taiwanese exchange student.
In December of 2015, the FBI busted 17 gang members who were believed to possibly have knowledge of who killed Chambers, but Tellis was not among those who were arrested.
I’m pretty sure most of us were thinking, at the time, it was her boyfriend that did this.
However, this may not be all that Tellis will be charged with.
According to The Clarion-Ledger:
Tellis was living in Monroe with his new wife when he was arrested by Monroe Police Department and charged with crimes connected to the stabbing death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, 34, of Taiwan. Local media reports say she had been missing for more than a week when her body was found Aug. 8. She had been stabbed to death in her apartment.
Police said Hsiao’s homicide appeared to be very personal.
Tellis has not been charged with Hsiao’s murder, but according to jail records, he has been charged with three counts of unauthorized use of an access card and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The police report says Tellis allegedly used a Chase Bank debit card belonging to Hsiao on Aug. 7 at around 11 p.m. On that transaction, he charged $.07. When it was used again on Aug. 18, it was allegedly used at 10:35 p.m. for $500 and again at 3:04 a.m. for another $500. Police said there were ATM surveillance photos of Tellis using the card, and after being Mirandized, he allegedly admitted to using the debit card on all three occasions.
According to Tellis’ Facebook page, he was married on or around the same day that Hsiao’s body was found, August 8.
Tellis’ record includes charges and time served for multiple residential burglaries and fleeing law enforcement. He also faced charges of simple assault and domestic violence.
The way he behaved while being incarcerated tells you that the only justice for this man is not to send him to prison, but execute the death penalty so that he can never be engaged in any of this activity again.
Currently, Tellis is being held in the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility in Monroe, Louisiana. He is facing charges of using a bank debit card tied to Hsiao. After that, he will be transferred to Mississippi to face the charges against him in Jessica Chambers’ death.
Jessica’s father, Ben Chambers, a mechanic with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, said he had seen investigators pour long hours in to finding his daughter’s killer and was thankful for their efforts.
“I’ve seen it day in and day out. The hard work they’ve done never stopped,” he told reporters. “They said some day it would come, and it did. They would not give up, and I take my hat off to them.”
Perhaps, there may soon be justice for Jessica Chambers.