Tellis' Attorney Back In Mississippi Court

Jul 5, 2018

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. A judge will hear arguments on the motion Monday.

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. 

Tellis is also a suspect in the  2015 murder of  University of Louisiana Monroe student Ming- Chen "Mandy" Hsiao.