University of Louisiana at Monroe

Murder trial to open in horrific burning death of woman, 19

Jessica Chambers was on fire when she was found along a back road near a north Mississippi tree farm nearly three years ago. The 19-year-old former high school cheerleader had been doused with a flammable liquid, set ablaze, and left to die beside her burning car. Now a man is set to go on trial for murder in the case.

There is no marker along the winding road where Chambers was found, no memorial to her life. But nearby, a photo of the smiling woman has been taped to a window in a house in the community of Courtland where she lived with her mother, Lisa. Her mother's message testifies to her love for her daughter, with words simply reading: "In loving memory, my...

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