It took a year and a half, but the man who police say brutally murdered Jessica Chambers is back in Mississippi.
Quentin Tellis is facing capital murder charges for the burning death of the 19-year-old.
Many people in Jessica Chamber’s hometown have high hopes that justice will finally be served, and the first real step to making that happen began when Tellis came back to north Mississippi.
Tellis arrived in Mississippi from Louisiana late Thursday afternoon. The DeSoto County Jail is his new home while he waits to face murder charges in the case that rocked the small town of Batesville.
“Well, it was devastating, actually, to the town and surrounding towns. You wouldn’t think this would happen so close to home,” said Josephine Mcghee.
Chambers was found dead in December 2014 in Panola County next to her burning car. The 19-year-old was set on fire after gasoline was poured down her throat.
Tellis has been the prime suspect since October 2015, but he’s finally back in Mississippi today because he pleaded guilty last month in Louisiana to charges he used a University of Louisiana-Monroe student’s debit card after she was found dead. Tellis was not charged with murder in that case.
But the Justice for Jessica Facebook page lit up with comments Thursday, excited that he will be charge in this case.
“I also think if they proved that he done that, Mississippi just needs to go on and give him the death penalty. That’s my opinion, and get it over with. It may stop some of these people from just going out and murdering someone for the heck of it,” said Mary Redd.
Tellis has a lengthy criminal past, including burglary, running from law enforcement and drug charges.