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UPDATE: Oktibbeha jurors selected to hear retrial of Quinton Tellis

Jury selection begins Monday in a retrial of a man accused of killing a Mississippi woman by setting her ablaze.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 10:48 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 7:51 PM

Update 09/24/18 4 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Oktibbeha County jurors are on their way to Panola County to hear the retrial of Quinton Tellis.

Quinton Tellis | Photo: MGN Online

Jessica Chambers | Photo: MGN Online

He’s accused of setting 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire in December 2014. She later died.

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Tony Rook says there are 12 jurors and three alternates.

The jury is made up of six men and six women. Nine of which are African-American and three are white.

The alternates are comprised of two white females and one male.

The retrial is scheduled to start Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Panola County.

See the original post below.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jury selection begins Monday in a retrial of a man accused of killing a Mississippi woman by setting her ablaze.

Jurors couldn't reach a verdict last year in the first trial of Quinton Tellis, charged with capital murder in the 2014 death of Jessica Chambers.

A jury is being selected in Starkville and will be taken 90 miles (150 kilometers) northwest to Panola County, where Chambers died.

Prosecutors say cellphone locations, videos, a keychain and Tellis' statements link him to Chambers' death. The government may also call a witness who says she picked up a man the night Chambers died.

The defense emphasizes emergency personnel heard the dying Chambers say someone named "Eric" or "Derek" attacked her.

Tellis faces another murder indictment in Louisiana in the death of Meing-Chen Hsiao.

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