Trial continues for man accused of burning Mississippi woman

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Testimony resumes Tuesday in the retrial of a man accused of setting a woman on fire on a north Mississippi backroad.

The first day of Quinton Tellis’ capital murder retrial was dominated Monday by emergency workers who said they heard a dying Jessica Chambers tell them “Eric” had attacked her.

Prosecutors tried to deflect that testimony with a speech pathologist who said Chambers wouldn’t be able to speak clearly with her burns. The prosecution promises evidence linking Tellis to Chambers’ death. That includes cellphone locations, DNA on a keychain, Tellis’ own statements and a witness who may testify she picked up Tellis that night near where Chambers was burned.

Defense lawyers, though, urge jurors to trust the emergency workers testimony about Chambers identifying Eric, saying Tellis is the wrong man.

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