Oxygen’s new docu-series “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing Of Jessica Chambers” premiered this past weekend, and sparked a debate on social media.
Specifically, viewers were startled to see one detail in the second hour of the series premiere. As suspect Quinton Tellis’ sister, Laqunta Tellis, talks about her close relationship with her brother, a prominent tattoo is visible on her right hand.
It is a stylized “Eric.”
The name “Eric” played a key role in the first trial of Quinton Tellis, which ended in a hung jury. First responders testified that Jessica Chambers, from the small town of Courtland in Panola County, Mississippi, said that “Eric” or possibly “Derek” was responsible for setting her on fire. In her closing argument, defense attorney Darla Palmer said: “Eric is not on trial today, but ladies and gentlemen, he should be.”
Chambers suffered burns on more than 90 percent of her body.
One Twitter user, @mama_senior, tweeted about her confusion regarding any possible connection Quinton might have to the name “Eric,” and in response, another Twitter user wondered if the “Eric” named in the tattoo could be the same “Eric” that Jessica mentioned to first responders.
Another user replied to a tweet from a Clarion Ledger reporter featured in the documentary series, writing “Obviously there’s an Eric!” and “Maybe u can alert the sherriff’s office.”
Here are some of the reactions to the tattoo on social media.
So, who is Eric?
There are many Eric’s and Derek’s in and around Panola County, Mississippi. Quinton’s sister, Laqunta, even has an ex-boyfriend named Eric Hill, and she said it’s his name that is tattooed on her hand.
According to the Commercial Appeal: “Prosecutor John Champion said investigators followed multiple leads about people named Eric, but they were all dead ends.”
Eric Hill, according to a police warrant obtained by Oxygen.com, was a key informant in the Meing-Chen Hsiao murder investigation in Louisiana.
Watch "Unspeakable Crime: The Killing Of Jessica Chambers" Saturdays at 7/6c.
[Photo: Oxygen Screengrab]