A murder trial is set to begin in the death of a 19-year-old former high school cheerleader found set on fire nearly three years ago along a back road in Mississippi.
Twenty-nine-year-old Quinton Tellis has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of Jessica Chambers. Jury selection in his trial is set to start Monday.
When firefighters found Jessica Chambers on Dec. 6, 2014, she had burns over most of her body and died hours later at a hospital. Her shocking death drew national attention amid concerns about violent crime in rural communities around the U.S.
Tellis faces life in prison without parole if convicted at his trial in Batesville, court records show.
Prosecutors declined to discuss the case. Tellis' lawyers didn't return calls seeking comment.
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