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Convicted felon who ‘murdered billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher’ is hit with new charges

The man accused of kidnapping and killing billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher during an early morning jog las week has been indicted with another ‘unrelated’ abduction – one lawmen say occurred in 2021 and saw the suspect rape another woman.

A 38-year-old career criminal who served 20 years in prison for kidnapping, Cleotha Abston had been charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnaping of Fletcher,  a 34-year-old kindergarten teacher who had been on her routine morning jog Friday September 5 in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Arrested on Tuesday less than a day after detectives found Fletcher’s body, Henderson, 38, was rebooked at the Shelby County Jail on Friday on new charges of aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

The charges appeared in the Shelby County criminal justice portal Friday. The court records show the indictment was handed down Thursday, during a hearing that saw a judge deny Abston bail for his prospective part in the slaying.

 Memphis police confirmed the new charges Saturday, without providing any additional information on the 2021 case in question – other than confirmation that the new counts aren’t tied to the Fletcher case.

 

A 38-year-old career criminal who served 20 years in prison for kidnapping, Cleotha Abston had been charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnaping of Fletcher, the 34-year-old heiress to the $3billion Orgill Hardware company

A 38-year-old career criminal who served 20 years in prison for kidnapping, Cleotha Abston had been charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnaping of Fletcher, the 34-year-old heiress to the $3billion Orgill Hardware company 

 

Fletcher pictured with her husband Richie and their two children. The family described her as a 'special' woman who was taken away from them in a 'senseless' manner

Fletcher pictured with her husband Richie and their two children. The family described her as a ‘special’ woman who was taken away from them in a ‘senseless’ manner

 On Thursday Abston appeared at court in Memphis, Tennessee, charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence – with the judge again refusing him bail ahead of another hearing on September 19.

Jennifer Case, his public defender, initially argued that there was a conflict of interest in her representing him as her office had worked with him in a previous criminal matter in the early 2000. 

However the matter was dismissed by the judge, Louis Montesi Jr, despite him agreeing to hear her arguments regarding a gag order at a later hearing. 

Case argued that certain aspects of the case should not be made public after Memphis Police Chief C.J. David called Abston a ‘dangerous predator’. 

Tennessee is a state with the death penalty, and prosecutors on Thursday said that they were not ruling it out if he is convicted.  

Abston wore a green prison-issued uniform and a mask and only spoke to his public defender during the short hearing.

 

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was last seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging in Memphis and a man approached her and forced her into an SUV after a brief struggle, police said

 

The last known image of Fletcher shows her jogging early on Friday

Fletcher was last seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging (right) in Memphis and a man approached her and forced her into an SUV after a brief struggle, police said

 

 

Source: Dailymail

 

 

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