A Judge in Mississippi declared a mistrial in the case investigating the death of Miss Jessica Chambers, who was burned to death in 2014 after being doused with gasoline and put on fire.
The young girl had suffered 98 percent burns allover her body and her death sparked an investigation that crossed multiple states.
The accused, 29 year old Mr Quinton Tellis has a criminal history. He needs to appear in another case after this one as he was accused of using a credit card belonging to Taiwanese student Meing-chen Hsiao, 34 years old, around the same time she was stabbed to death in August 2015.
Because of the attention the trial got, jurors were chosen from other counties as far as 225 miles away. After a ten hour deliberation during the weekend, they declared Monday that they were deadlocked. Prosecutors and defense had shown them six days of testimony and arguments but they couldn’t reach agreement on whether Mr Tellis was guilty.
During the events of 6 December 2014, the firefighters on scene testified that Miss Chambers told them in her dying moments that someone named "Eric" or "Derek" had set her on fire. First responders told the court that Miss Chambers looked like a "zombie," hair and skin completely burned, when they found her. The poor girl died in a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, a few hours later.
After his arrest, Mr Tellis stated that he had only seen Miss Chambers in the early hours of that day. But when detectives presented him with more evidence, he admitted that Miss Chambers had picked him up in her car at about 5:30 p.m. that evening, and that they had indeed spent about 2 hours together. He also admitted keeping a 5-gallon container of gasoline in a shed at his house. But in the end, this was not enough to convince the jury.
The District Attorney, Mr John Champion, told local reporters that he would retry Mr Quinton Tellis for capital murder in the death of Miss Jessica Chambers: “We're going to come back and do this again."
Defense attorney Ms Darla Palmer meanwhile said: "I characterize it as a victory. There were jurors who heard us."