Burning death trial goes to 2nd day of jury deliberations

Defense attorneys Alton Peterson, left, and Darla Palmer, right, consult with their client, Quinton Tellis, 29, who is charged with burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, to death almost three years ago, during closing arguments in his capital murder trial in a courtroom in Batesville, Miss., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A second day of jury deliberation starts Monday in the trial of a Mississippi man charged in the burning death of a woman.

Jurors deliberated more than four hours Sunday without reaching a verdict.

Twenty-nine-year-old Quinton Tellis is charged with capital murder in the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. Defense attorneys argued the wrong man is on trial.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion holds an enlargement of a selfie taken by the late Jessica Chambers, as he presents his closing arguments to the jury, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Batesville, Miss., in the capital murder case against Quinton Tellis. Tellis is charged with burning Chambers to death almost three years earlier. Tellis pleaded not guilty and did not testify during the trial. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

Firefighters testified Chambers told them someone named “Eric” or “Derek” set her on fire. Some first responders said Chambers looked like a “zombie,” with burned skin and hair, when she walked from a wooded area in Courtland, Mississippi, on Dec. 6, 2014. She died hours later.

District Attorney John Champion said Chambers’ throat was damaged and she could not pronounce the letter T. He said she could have been trying to say “Tellis.”

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