Ron Maxey Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 1:55 PM EDT Sep 30, 2018 BATESVILLE, Miss. — After six days of testimony in a second trial nearly a year after the first, the fate of Quinton Verdell Tellis will soon once again be in the hands of a jury. Three defense witnesses, and one rebuttal prosecution witness, testified Sunday morning to complete the testimony phase of the trial. Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham then gave jurors instructions for reaching a verdict before breaking for lunch about 11:15 a.m. Attorneys will present closing arguments when court resumes at 12:30 p.m., and jurors will then retire to once again consider whether Tellis should be found guilty of capital murder for the December 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers in Courtland. More: Jessica Chambers case: DOJ analyst takes the stand; prosecution rests More: Jessica Chambers case: Jurors get first look at Tellis account of final day Tellis’ first trial last October ended in a mistrial when jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict. Chatham, who also presided over the first trial, gave jurors this time very specific instructions that the verdict must be unanimous whether guilty or not guilty. Jurors in the first trial returned an incorrect not guilty verdict because… Read full this story
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