The Latest: Judge limits murder talk in Louisiana trial

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The Latest on the Louisiana trial of a man indicted for the Mississippi burning death of Jessica Chambers (all times local):

6 p.m.

A judge is limiting discussion of a woman's death in the Louisiana trial of a man accused of illegally using her debit card.

The News-Star ( reports state district Judge Larry Jefferson ruled on pretrial motions Monday in the case of Quinton Tellis. He's accused of using a debit card belonging to Meing-Chen Hsiao. The woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment in August in Monroe.

Tellis is also indicted for the 2014 burning death of northern Mississippi teenager Jessica Chambers. Monroe police named him a suspect in Hsiao's killing, but never charged him.

Jefferson said prosecutors can discuss Hsiao's death, but can't discuss her injuries or call it a murder.

The judge says prosecutors can use statements Tellis gave to police about his intent to sell marijuana.


3 a.m.

Charged in the burning death of north Mississippi teenager Jessica Chambers, Quinton Tellis goes on trial Monday on charges connected to another woman's death in northern Louisiana.

Tellis faces trial in Monroe for using a debit card belonging to Meing-Chen Hsiao. The former Taiwanese exchange student was stabbed to death in her apartment in August.

Although Monroe police named Tellis a suspect, he's not charged with killing Hsiao.

Ouachita (WAH'-shuh-taw) Parish Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson says lawyers will argue Monday over pretrial motions. The defense wants to exclude evidence of Hsiao's homicide, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence of previous drug transactions.

Tellis could get a life sentence in Louisiana because of previous felony convictions in Mississippi. He's expected to face trial for Chambers' death in Mississippi later.