BATESVILLE, Miss. -- (WREG) -- The judge has declared a mistrial in the murder of Jessica Chambers. After nearly 12 hours of deliberations the jury could not reach a verdict.
This is now the second mistrial. The defense attorney says the jury was split 50/50.
The jury began deliberating the fate of Quinton Tellis on Sunday following a second trial over charges that he set the 19-year-old on fire and left her to die on a rural Mississippi road.
The case, tried in Batesville before jurors from another county, concluded after six days of testimony. Jurors deliberated for nearly five hours before recessing Sunday evening with plans to resume their consideration of the case Monday morning.