The 2014 fiery murder of Jessica Chambers shook the state of Mississippi up, while creating a media furor as both the police and nation-wide armchair detectives deliberated over who could have killed the teenager from the small town of Courtland.
Quinton Tellis, a suspect in the murder, will be in court this month for a retrial — and Oxygen’s “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers,” which premieres Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7/6c, will take a deep dive into the case.
Eddie Eidson, who was with Courtland’s volunteer fire department, was one of many first responders called to the scene of the car fire on the evening of December 6, 2014.
“I remember the heat coming off the truck,” Eidson says on “Unspeakable Crime.” He recalled looking at her as they were administering medical aid. She was lying down on her side.
Growing emotional, Eidson remembers her belabored breathing. “Not a damn thing you can do about it,” he said.
“The burn spots were red,” he remembers, noting that in some spots, it looked like someone had smeared charcoal on her.
Jessica didn’t complain about pain, he said. Eidson remembers how another firefighter asked her who did this to her — and she said “Eric did this.”
“I don’t wish this on my worst enemy,” Eidson says.
Gesturing toward the empty street — Herron Road — Eidson recalls how they loaded her onto the stretcher.
“And that was the last I’d seen of her,” he says, looking at an assortment of memorializing offerings that mourners of Jessica have left at the spot where she was set on fire.
“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers” airs Saturdays at 7/6c on Oxygen.
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