Suspect in Jessica Chambers Death Charged with Murder of Exchange Student in Louisiana
Affidavits filed by investigators in Louisiana allege Quinton Tellis tortured 34-year-old Meing Chen-Hsiao to death on her bedroom floor
Quinton Tellis – the man accused in the 2014 burning death of 19-year-old Mississippi woman Jessica Chambers – was charged last Thursday in the death of another woman, PEOPLE confirms.
According to affidavits obtained by PEOPLE, Tellis allegedly tortured and stabbed Taiwanese exchange student Meing Chen-Hsiao over 30 times before she gave him the PIN number to her debit card. Investigators believe Hsiao was killed July 29, 2015; it took nearly two weeks for police to find her, police said.
In February, Tellis was indicted in the Mississippi homicide as he sat in a Louisiana jail. The arrest warrant for the Louisiana homicide was filed as he sat in jail in Mississippi.
Detectives connected Tellis to Hsiao after securing security footage allegedly showing the two together, according to the documents. One of Hsiao’s neighbors provided police with a license plate number of a man who gave her a “creepy feeling,” the documents state, later identifying him as Tellis.
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“After gaining possession of the debit card, he brutally murdered her by repeatedly stabbing her and letting her body rot and decompose until being discovered,” the investigator’s statement, which was included in the Louisiana arrest warrant, reads.
Tellis, 27, previously pleaded guilty in Louisiana to using the debit card. He was sentenced to 10 years before he was extradited to Mississippi to face charges in Chambers’s death.
Court documents state police tracked phone and bank records, allegedly showing that Tellis called Hsiao’s bank the day she died. GPS records allegedly revealed Tellis “more than likely was inside (Hsiao’s) apartment,” according to affidavits.
Tellis’s lawyer could not be reached Monday for comment.
Tellis will be arraigned in Mississippi in the Chambers case on July 15.
Chambers, a 19-year-old former cheerleader, was found engulfed in flames near her car on a rural road in Courtland, the hometown she shares with Tellis, on Dec. 6, 2014. She was flown to Regional Medical Center in Memphis with burns over 98 percent of her body, and died in the hospital. Investigators said she had been doused with an accelerant at the scene and left to die.