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Re-trial set for June in case of burned Mississippi woman

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The re-trial of a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire has been set.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 9:33 AM

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The re-trial of a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire has been set.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion said Thursday that the second trial in the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers has been scheduled for June 11 in Batesville, Mississippi.

Quinton Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder. His trial in October ended in a hung jury and a mistrial.

Prosecutors said Tellis set Chambers and her car on fire in a rural back road in Courtland, Mississippi, on the night of Dec. 6, 2014. Firefighters found a smoldering Chambers walking near the car.

She had third-degree burns on most of her body when she died at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Courtland.

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