A news from rural Mississippi shocked everyone as a 19-year-old young woman was burning alive on a road about 60 miles south of Memphis in rural Mississippi. A man who was reportedly her boyfriend has been arrested in charge of her murder.
A man who is facing a death penalty after her murder had a relationship with her. The first responder during the first day of trial for Quinton Tellis, Cole Haley said that encounter with the burned Jessica Chambers shocked him completely. Haley was traumatized for months after the encounter with the badly burned Chambers.
On Tuesday Haley testified by wiping tears, “She had her arms out, saying, ‘Help me, help me, help me.'” Haley said, “Her hair was fried like it had been stuck in a light socket. Her face was black, and her body was severely burned.”
Haley and his other two firefighter team member had responded to a call from a truck driver about a car fire on Herron Road just outside Courtland, Mississippi on December 6, 2014.
Chamber was in the middle of the road, she was wearing her underwear only and no bra. According to the former chief of the Courtland Volunteer Fire Department, his first reaction during the encounter with Chambers was to get her blanket to wrap around her in order to help and “conceal her.”
She getting a blanket and wrapping that around her, Haley walked the badly burned woman to the back of the fire truck. At the time when “she couldn’t go anymore,” Haley laid Chambers down and she just went out of his hand.
When he asked her name, she replied, “Jessica Tambers.” With her “just charred black” mouth. He said that he realized that by “Jessica Tambers” she meant “Jessica Chambers.”
According to a coroner later, Chambers’ body had burned more than 98 percent. Haley revealed in a written statement to investigators hours after the incident, Chamber told him a man named “Eric” is responsible for her condition, she told him that Eric set her on fire.
“I was face to face with her, and you could barely understand her,” Haley said. “She kept asking for water. … I did not personally hear her say ‘Eric.'”