The Associated Press reports that a second mistrial has been declared in the case of a burned woman in Mississippi. In Batesville, a judge declared what is now the second mistrial in the case because the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict. A man is accused of burning Jessica Chambers to death in 2014, and has been charged with murder in the case.
Jurors deliberated for two days in Panola County before Judge Gerald Chatham declared the mistrial.
Quinton Tellis is the defendant in the murder case, which ended in its first mistrial last year.
Jurors were in disagreement because of key evidence that conflicted in the case. Prosecutors presented evidence that supposedly linked Tellis to Chambers’ murder, but testimony from emergency workers on the scene of the crime heard dying Chambers saying someone with the name of ‘Eric’ was responsible.
It is unknown if and when another trial will begin for Tellis.
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