Quinton Tellis, right, is accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers alive in her car. (AP)
The judge declared a mistrial in the Jessica Chambers murder case Monday evening after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision over the fate of Quinton Tellis, who is charged in the 2014 burning death of the 19-year-old Mississippi woman.
The jurors, who had deliberated between nine and 10 hours since Sunday, began deliberating Sunday, told Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham they could not reach a verdict at the trial in Batesville, about 50 miles south of Memphis.
District Attorney John Champion said the government will retry Tellis in Chambers’ death.
Tellis, 29, is charged with capital murder in the December 2014 death of Chambers, who was found by first responders with severe burns covering 93 percent of her body. Chambers, who had been doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, was first discovered emerging from the woods near her burning car wearing only her underwear. She died hours later at a Memphis hospital.
Prosecutors claim Tellis lied repeatedly to investigators