BATESVILLE, Miss. – Authorities say a man jailed in Louisiana has been charged with capital murder in the death of a 19-year-old Mississippi woman.
District Attorney John Champion said Wednesday that Quentin Verdell Tellis, 27, was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in the death of Jessica Chambers in December 2014.
She was found walking away from her blazing car in the rural Mississippi town of Courtland. Officials say she was doused with a flammable liquid and was burned over 98 percent of her body. She died at a Memphis hospital hours after she was found.
Champion says Tellis and Chambers knew each other but would not describe their relationship or give a motive.
However, he did say he believed it was a "personal crime."