Jessica Chambers Murder Case 1st Days Trial

WATCH LIVE Opening Statements Begin In Murder Trial Of Man Charged With Killing Jessica Chambers

WATCH LIVE Opening Statements Begin In Murder Trial Of Man Charged With Killing Jessica Chambers

After authorities found 19-year-old Jessica Chambers burning alive almost three years ago on a back-road in Courtland, Mississippi, she told them she'd been set on fire by someone named "Eric" or "Derek" - or, at least, that's what it sounded like she said.

Firefighters who reported to where Chamber's vehicle was found burning had said that she told them "Eric" was responsible. "She answered, 'Eric, '" firefighter Brandie Davis affirmed on the second day of the trial in Batesville, Mississippi.

Daniel Cole affirmed Wednesday about the demise of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers at the capital murder trial of the man blamed for killing her on December 6, 2014.

In December 2014, Chambers was discovered beside her burning auto on a rural Panola County road with severe burns to 98 percent to her body. She died four hours later at a Memphis hospital.

"I asked who did this to you".

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"At a certain point I even set down close to her", said Cole, battling back tears.

Defense attorney Darla Palmer's questioning Wednesday with first responders was spent going through their written statements, which were from 12 hours to two days after the incident and before Tellis was named a person of interest.

Champion said Tellis first told investigators he only saw Chambers on the morning of her death.

Champion said her auto keys were found at the scene, allegedly with Tellis' DNA on them.

Cole and additionally a few specialists on call told members of the jury Wednesday that Chambers reacted "Eric" when asked who had set her ablaze. Champion said that Chambers' esophagus was so badly burnt that this distorted her speech.

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A long-lasting firefighter said Wednesday he had never observed a casualty so severely consumed when he found a youthful MS lady lying on the ground, scarcely ready to talk, in the wake of being purposefully determined to flame. Records showed that her client was buying a Green Dot card 5 miles away at the time of the crime, she said.

First responder Cole Haley, Chief of Courtland Fire Department, recalled arriving at the scene.

Champion also went over other details of the case in his opening statements.

Authorities analyzed over 20,000 telephone numbers as part of the investigation and 40 people are listed in court documents as potential witnesses in the trial, WREG reported. Witnesses will include cellphone data experts, Champion said. He also faces a murder indictment in Louisiana, where he's accused in the torture death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a 34-year-old Taiwanese graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. A trial date in Louisiana is pending the outcome of his trial in Mississippi.

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