Quinton Tellis the "only suspect" in ULM student murder

By: Greg Coy

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Quinton Tellis is charged with the murder of Jessica Chambers in Panola County, but he’s also suspected in another murder investigation.

>> Quinton Tellis charged with Jessica Chambers’ murder

FOX13 has confirmed Tellis is the “only suspect” in the brutal stabbing death of an exchange student at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The victim is Ming-Chen Hsiao.

The 34-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment this past summer. Tellis was arrested for using her debit card to make cash withdrawals.

Prosecutors in Louisiana said Tellis was last seen leaving her apartment days prior to the murder and even used her cellphone inside her apartment.

>> Who is Quinton Tellis?

Although he is "the suspect," Tellis has not been charged with the crime.

Because prosecutors lack enough evidence to charge Tellis with the student's death, they told FOX13 they are more than willing to extradite him to Panola County to be tried in the Jessica Chamber case.

Without giving specifics, Louisiana investigators said the case in Panola County is stronger than theirs. And by allowing Tellis to be tried in the Chambers case, it gives them more time to build their own case.

>> Parents of Jessica Chambers discuss indictment of murder suspect

If Tellis were to be charged with murder in Monroe, Louisiana authorities would have three years to bring the case to trial.

For the time being, that process is being delayed. FOX13 learned Quinton Tellis decided to fight his extradition back to Mississippi.

To bring him back to Panola County, it will take the signature of Governor Phil Bryant on an extradition paper.

>> Timeline of Jessica Chambers death investigation

If convicted of those crimes, he could be sentenced to life in prison because he is considered a habitual offender.

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