PANOLA CO, MS (WMC) - Sources confirm a man named Quinton Tellis will be publicly identified as a suspect in the murder of Jessica Chambers during Wednesday's press conference. It's the break the Chambers family and investigators have been waiting for in the case.
Tellis is a Panola County man currently in jail in Louisiana for an unrelated credit card and drug charge in that state.
"Words can't describe how excited I am. God knows I've been waiting a long time for this," Ben Chambers, Jessica's father, said. "I cried. I cried."
District Attorney John Champion and other Panola County investigators will hold a press conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. They said the press conference is related to the Jessica Chambers case, but did not say specifically what they plan to release at the press conference.
Sources tell WMC Action News 5 the press conference will announce that a grand jury indicted Tellis in Chambers' murder.
In November, Tellis was identified as the person who used the debit cards of a killed University of Louisiana-Monroe exchange student. Meing-Chen Hsiao was stabbed to death in August last year, but Tellis has not been charged with her murder. Investigators said Tellis used Hsiao's debit card three times. During that investigation, he was identified as possibly being connected to a murder in Mississippi.
Wednesday's press conference will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Panola County Sheriff's Department. WMC Action News 5 will be there to carry the announcement live on air and on WMCActionNews5.com.
Chambers was burned alive along a rural road in Courtland, Mississippi on December 6, 2014. Surveillance cameras at a nearby gas station recorded Chambers moments before her death.
Tellis, originally from Courtland, was released from prison on burglary convictions in October 2014. In December of that same year, Chambers was found near her car with burns over most of her body. Sources said Chambers had recently met Tellis before her death.
"All these months we've wondered, did you do it? Did you do it? Did you do it?" Ben said. "It's just been turmoil."
Jessica's grandmother said it's been awful since her death.
"It's been tough. It's been tough."
"Nothing will bring Jessica back, but at least I'll know he will never do this to somebody else's daughter. It will bring closure," Ben Chambers said. "At least we will know who did it."
In December, Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said his department had some 'promising' leads in the case. Now, Tellis is expected to officially be identified as the person who may have been responsible for her horrific burning and death almost 14 months ago during Wednesday's press conference.