by: Tom Dees, Greg Coy Updated:
UPDATE at 11:17 a.m.:
Quinton Tellis has officially been charged in the death of Jessica Chambers. Full story HERE.
- Sources told FOX13 an indictment has been handed down in the Jessica Chambers murder case.
- Sources have ID'd Quinton Tellis as the suspect. He is currently incarcerated in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
- The Chambers family told FOX13 they will not speak about the case until after the press conference tomorrow.
- A press conference is scheduled at the Panola County Sheriff's Department for 10:30 a.m.
Quinton Tellis will be indicted in the death of Jessica Chambers, according to multiple FOX13 sources.
The 27-year-old from Courtland, Mississippi, is currently in prison in Louisiana on unrelated charges.
Jessica was found burned alive on a Panola County backroad in 2014. Her murder attracted international outcry because it was so vicious. And as time passed on with no arrest, a mountain of rumors accumulated.
Residents in Panola County were happy to see a big break in the case.
“I think it’s time,” Catherine Black told FOX13. The whole community is ready to put it to a close.”
Jessica was alive when first responders reached her, but she died hours later.
For more than a year, the case remain unsolved and people allowed false rumors to spread about a possible motive or who might have been involved.
“In a small town, in a close-knit community like this, I thought people who knew would come forward quicker,” Batesville resident Cassidy Logan said.
There were a lot of rumors about who did it; black crime, white gang, black gang,” another resident told FOX13.
The prosecutor and investigators finally collected enough evidence to take the case to a grand jury recently, and an indictment was handed down.
One police officer who did not want to be identified told FOX13 Tellis claimed to be part of a gang, but he left Panola County shortly after Jessica’s murder.
According to arrest records obtained by FOX13, Tellis was arrested in August of 2015 for unlawful use of an access card. Police said he used a stolen Chase Bank debit card on three different occasions.
That card belonged to a homicide victim, but Tellis has not been charged in the individual’s death at this time.
He was also charged with drug possession, and he was listed as being on probation in Mississippi.
People in Panola County told FOX13 want to hear what investigators have uncovered, and they will get the chance tomorrow. District Attorney John Champion will hold a news conference to discuss the investigation and the indictment today at 10:30 a.m.
FOX13 will be live. You can watch coverage here: http://bit.ly/1Q0kNjf.
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