The former boyfriend of Jessica Chambers was found shot to death Friday.
Travis Sanford, 33, was incarcerated when Chambers was burned to death in 2014. He was shot to death early Friday at a home in Courtland.
Panola County District Attorney John Champion made the confirmation Friday.
“It is the same person,” Champion said.
Because the case is still under investigation, he said he couldn’t comment further.
Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said a suspect has been taken into custody, but hasn’t been charged yet. Darby said early Friday afternoon his deputies were interviewing the suspect.
Darby said the suspect, Sanford, Sanford’s girlfriend and two small children were in the home at 495 Woodruff St. in Courtland when the shooting took place at about 7:30 a.m.
Sanford, a former South Panola High School football player, was shot once with a buckshot from a shotgun, Darby said.
Darby said the suspect fired the shotgun while he was running out of the home.
“It’s terrible,” Darby said of the shooting. “We are trying to find out what led to the shooting.”
Darby said the suspect and Sanford had been in the home for a period of time prior to the shooting.
Panola County Coroner Gracie Gulledge said Sanford’s body was being sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.
Darby said Sanford was ruled out as having any role in Chambers’ death.
On Dec. 6, 2014, Chambers, 19, was set on fire on a back road in Courtland, a town of 500 in Panola County. She was found walking toward first responders with burns over almost her entire body. She finally died early the next morning in a Memphis hospital, holding her mother’s hand.
Quentin Tellis is charged in Chambers’ death. However, he has been tried twice and both trials have resulted in mistrials due to hung juries.
Tellis is also facing a murder charge in Monroe, Louisiana, in the August 2015 death of Ming-Chen Hsiao, who was a recent University of Louisiana Monroe student.
In May 2016, Tellis pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of Hsiao’s credit card and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Tellis is in a Louisiana prison. Mississippi authorities still have detainer on Tellis. No decision has been made yet on whether will face a third trial in Chambers’ death.
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