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Suspect in Jessica Chambers death pleads guilty to fraud in Louisiana

Therese Apel

The Clarion-Ledger

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A man accused in the burning death of Courtland teen Jessica Chambers and connected to the death of a Louisiana woman will head back to Mississippi for trial sooner than expected.

Quinton Tellis, 27, of Courtland, pleaded guilty in a Ouachita Parish, Louisiana court on Thursday to one count of unauthorized use of an access card. As a part of the plea agreement, he waived extradition and will be sent to Mississippi to face trial in the Chambers' case.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion explained that Tellis may have to be processed into the Louisiana Department of Corrections which could take a while.

"But if he doesn't have to be processed and we can come get him, he might could come back tomorrow," he said. "Now we just wait."

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Thursday morning in Louisiana on the access card charge and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Those charges stemmed from a case where Meing-Chen Hsaio, 34, was found dead in her Monroe, Louisiana apartment after having been missing for a week. Tellis was seen on ATM video using her debit card on three occasions. He admitted to investigators that he used her card, but did not admit to her slaying.

Hsaio, known to her friends as Mandy, was a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She was from Taiwan, and police said she and Tellis were acquaintances. Witnesses told police about seeing Tellis at Hsaio's apartment, and they were seen together on Wal-Mart surveillance footage.

Tellis was not charged in Hsaio's death, though Monroe police told The Clarion-Ledger they expected that he will be.

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