Prosecutor: Man lied about time with burn victim

Courtesy: MGN
Source: MGN

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A prosecutor says a man charged with burning a Mississippi woman to death lied repeatedly to investigators about spending time with her in the hours before she was found in flames along a rural back road.

But a defense attorney says 19-year-old Jessica Chambers told firefighters who found her that a man named Eric set her on fire, not the man charged with her murder, Quinton Tellis.

Tellis' trial began Tuesday with opening statements in Batesville, about 50 miles south of Memphis. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of capital murder.

Authorities have said Chambers was on fire when she was found in Courtland, Miss., Dec. 6, 2014. Chambers was taken to a hospital in Memphis, where she died.