PANOLA CO, MS (WMC) - The man accused of burning a Mississippi woman alive wants the state Supreme Court to pull the local district attorney off the case.
Quinton Tellis stands accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014. His first trial ended in a hung jury and he's scheduled for retrial.
District Attorney John Champion is the lead attorney working to put Tellis behind bars.
However, lawyers for Tellis said Champion broke ethical and professional rules when he pressured an inmate, Jalen Caudle, to testify against Tellis.
Champion said he didn't break any rules. In fact, he said he doesn't even believe Caudle and didn't plan to use him as a witness.
Tellis' attorneys say Panola County Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham applied the wrong legal standard in Champion's misconduct hearing. Therefore, they are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to step in and remove Champion from the case.
The court has not decided if it will hear the case, and there is no current timeline on when the court will make that decision.
Both Tellis' defense team and Champion declined to comment Thursday.