• Chambers family hoping for quick trial in Louisiana for accused murderer

    By: Tom Dees


    The family of Jessica Chambers tells FOX13 they hope her accused murderer is extradited to Mississippi for trial as soon as possible. 

    Chambers was found burned alive on a Panola County backroad in December of 2015. Quinton Tellis is facing capital murder and third-degree arson charges in her death.

    Tellis was formally indicted in February, but will face charges stemming from another murder in Louisiana before he will return to Mississippi to stand trial. He is charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card, which belonged to a 34-year-old Chinese exchange student who was found stabbed to death in August 2015.

    Both Lisa and Ben Chambers told FOX13 they have been keeping up with the case in Louisiana, only because it determines how soon Quinton Tellis is extradited back to Mississippi.

    "I just hope you get them back up here for our trail. That's the main thing (because) I want justice for Jessica," Lisa Chambers said.

    Lisa told FOX13 she isn't worried about the outcome of the case in Louisiana. But Jessica's father, Ben Chambers, feels differently.

    He told FOX13 he hopes Tellis gets life in prison for the Louisiana case. He also said he hopes Tellis is sentenced to the death penalty in Mississippi for killing his daughter.

    Jessica’s parents said the proceedings in Louisiana are painfully slow to them, and they are hoping it isn't too long before he meets a Mississippi judge.

    "Every minute they will let me in the courtroom, I will be there," Lisa Chambers said.

    Tellis' family wouldn't speak on camera, but they told FOX13 they believe he is innocent. 

    District Attorney John Champion told FOX13 Tellis' extradition depends on a number of things, including how Louisiana handles procedures following the case. The process could move quickly, or it could take until the end of the year.

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