• Judge overrules motion against DA in Jessica Chambers case; trial to begin in September

    By: Jeff Amy, Associated Press

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    JACKSON, Miss. - UPDATE (7/9) The motion against District Attorney John Champion in the case involving the death of Jessica Chambers has been overruled by a judge. 

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    The judge said he has heard no evidence of “prosecutorial misconduct” that would prejudice the Quinton Tellis case. 


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    The recusal, misconduct and sanctions proposed against the DA all were overruled, and the trial will proceed on September 24. 


    ORIGINAL REPORT:

    The defense attorney for a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire says a district attorney sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency.

    The lawyer for Quinton Tellis, accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014, wants District Attorney John Champion thrown off the case.

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    The defense attorney for the suspect said District Attorney John Champion sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency.

    Attorney Darla Palmer is defending Quinton Tellis, accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014.

    Champion said he'll tell his side of the story in court.

    An October trial ended in a hung jury and Tellis is scheduled to be retried in September.

    Prosecutors say Tellis set Chambers and her car on fire on a rural road.

    Multiple witnesses testified that Chambers said "Eric" attacked her.

    Attorney Darla Palmer alleges Champion tried to coach another of her clients into testifying that Chambers called Tellis "Eric."

    Champion didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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