Judge orders distant jurors for retrial in burning case
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jurors in the retrial of a man charged with killing a woman by setting her on fire will come from northeast Mississippi.
The Commercial Dispatch reports Panola County Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham is ordering 300 potential jurors called in Oktibbeha County. Jurors would travel to Panola County once selected, where the retrial of Quinton Tellis is supposed to begin Sept. 24. Out-of-county jurors are being used because of wide publicity.
Tellis has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of Jessica Chambers. Jurors from southwest Mississippi's Pike County couldn't reach a verdict in October. Prosecutors say Tellis torched Chambers and her car in 2014.
Firefighters found a smoldering Chambers walking near the car. Tellis is also charged with murder in a 2016 stabbing in Monroe, Louisiana.