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Jessica Chambers (Photo: CBS News)

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) – A 27-year-old man, who also faces a murder indictment in Louisiana, has pleaded not guilty in the 2014 burning death of a Mississippi woman.

Quinton Tellis entered his plea Friday in the death of Jessica Chambers.

Panola County District Attorney John Champion said charging Tellis ended a lengthy investigation into the grisly burning death of the 19-year-old, who died in a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital hours after being found near her burned-out vehicle on a road not far from her home.

The Louisiana murder indictment, returned earlier this month, alleges shallow knife wounds on Meing-Chen Hsiao’s face and body probably were inflicted to get her to reveal the pin number for her debit card before he killed her.

He was extradited to Mississippi from Louisiana last month after pleading guilty to fraudulent use of the woman’s card.