Suspect reportedly indicted in burning death of Mississippi teen Jessica Chambers

After a 14-month investigation, a suspect reportedly has been indicted in the burning death of a 19-year-old Mississippi woman. 

Quinton Tellis, 27, originally of Courtland Miss., was indicted on capital murder charges Tuesday by a special grand jury in the Dec. 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Tellis is currently being held in the Ouachita Parish Jail in Monroe, La. on charges connected to the August 2015 death of a University of Louisiana Monroe exchange student, the newspaper reported. 

Tellis is believed to have been the last person to have been with Chambers the night she was killed.

The two allegedly had a relationship in the weeks leading up to her death, officials told The Clarion-Ledger.

A press conference is planned for 10:30 a.m. local time Wednesday at the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, Fox 13 reported.

Chambers was found shortly after 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2014, with burns covering more than 98 percent of her body. 

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, Chambers was walking away from her burning vehicle and able to utter a few words to them about the attack — though authorities have not said what, if anything, the young woman was able to communicate.

She later died from her injuries at a hospital in Memphis.

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