The Mississippi man accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers alive deleted her text messages after her death, according to investigators.
The New York Post reports that 29-year-old Quinton Tells admitted to investigators that he deleted all of his communications with the teen days after she was killed in December 2014.
Prosecutors say Tells doused Chambers with gasoline and set the teen and her car on fire.
Via The New York Post:
Jurors were brought Thursday to the scene where her charred car was discovered, along with a half-dozen other locations relevant to the case.
Tellis faces charges for capital murder in the retrial, which was scheduled after his initial trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury.
His lawyers have emphasized this week that multiple emergency responders heard the dying victim name “Derek” or “Eric” as her attacker. Prosecutors, however, argued that Chambers was too severely injured to have been able to articulate words.
Tellis’ retrial comes as he faces another murder indictment in the 2015 stabbing death of Meing-Chen Hsiao in Monroe, Louisiana. In that case, he already pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of her debit card. He is also currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated burglary charge.
FBI Special Agent Dustin Blount testified that Tellis admitted having a sexual relationship with Chamber but denied having sex with her on the day she died.