Latest from Eliza Fletcher: Teenager Cleotha Abston’s rape conviction revealed as he faces trial over teacher murder

Man appears in court for murder of heiress Eliza Fletcher

Cleotha Abston has been convicted of raping a man as a teenager – nearly three decades before she kidnapped and murdered Memphis business heiress Eliza Fletcher.

Now 38, Abston was just 14 when he committed an act of juvenile delinquent rape against an unnamed man, according to court documents.

Abston appeared in Shelby County Circuit Court Wednesday morning to be arraigned on first-degree murder charges, where he asked to be known by his paternal surname, Henderson.

Judge Louis Montesi revoked his bond and ordered a new hearing on Thursday.

Fletcher, 34, a mother of two and granddaughter of billionaire Joseph Orgill III, was violently abducted while jogging near the University of Memphis campus and forced into an SUV at 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Her family released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying they were “heartbroken and devastated” by her murder.

“We are grateful beyond measure to local, state and federal law enforcement for their tireless efforts to find Liza and bring justice to the person responsible for this horrific crime,” the statement continued.

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Eliza Fletcher’s family break silence on ‘senseless’ murder

“Now is the time to remember and celebrate how special she was and to support those who cared for her so much,” the family of slain Memphis woman Eliza Fletcher said in a statement.

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Hundreds of women plan to finish Eliza Fletcher’s run a week after her murder

“We want to stand up and say it’s OK for women to run at 4 a.m. and it’s OK for women to run in whatever type of clothing they feel comfortable in. “said Let’s Finish event organizer Liza’s Run. The Independent.

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The Shocking Precautions Runners Like Me Are Forced To Take

“So when news broke that a jogger had been abducted from a street in Tennessee early last Friday morning (we now know it was Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother of two, and we also know that she was tragically killed) it has spread like wildfire among the running community on social media,” writes Gemma Abbott for Independent voices.

“But not just because it was such shocking and disturbing news. Most people just couldn’t believe it happened – Again. Another runner kidnapped or assaulted while doing what she loves. Sadly, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen news stories about women being assaulted while running over the past few years.

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Victim of Cleotha Abston’s 2000 kidnapping worked at the same law firm as Eliza Fletcher’s uncle

There is no indication that the law firm’s connection between Fletcher’s uncle, Mike Keeney, and kidnapping victim, Kemper Durand, has anything to do with his murder, which investigators have described as an “isolated attack by an unknown person”.

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Shelby County prosecutor issues correction after saying suspect was released on parole

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy clarified a statement he made earlier Wednesday that Cleotha Abston had been paroled from her 24-year prion sentence for kidnapping.

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Cleotha Abston’s teenage rape conviction revealed as he is held without bail for murder

Cleotha Abston has been convicted of raping a man as a teenager – nearly three decades before she kidnapped and murdered Memphis business heiress Eliza Fletcher.

Abston, now 38, was just 14 when he committed an act of juvenile delinquent rape against an unnamed man, according to court documents.

The charge was upheld and the teen was taken into the custody of the Shelby County Bureau of Youth Services.

Rachel Sharp to the story.

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Video emerges of Eliza Fletcher singing for her students and playing with her dog

A video has surfaced of Eliza Fletcher, the Tennessee kindergarten teacher who was kidnapped and killed last week, recording a song for her students.

In the clip, Fletcher, a junior teacher at St Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, sings “This Little Light of Mine” and tells students about her dog. The video, which has been viewed over 530,000 times on Twitter.

Josh Marcus to the story.

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Eliza Fletcher: Timeline of Memphis Heiress Kidnapping and Murder Events

Memphis police confirmed Tuesday morning that a body found during an “intensive” citywide search had been positively identified as the missing mother of two Eliza Fletcher. Ms Fletcher, 34, was abducted while jogging near the University of Memphis campus early Friday morning (September 2) in what police described as a random attack.

Here is a timeline of events in the case.

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Everything we know about the suspect in the murder of Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher

Cleotha Abston, who was charged with the kidnapping and murder of heiress Eliza Fletcher, spent 20 years in prison for kidnapping and theft before being released in 2020.

Here’s everything we know about Mr. Abston, who has since asked to be known as Cleotha Henderson.

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Hundreds of women plan to finish Eliza Fletcher’s run a week after her murder

“We want to stand up and say it’s OK for women to run at 4 a.m. and it’s OK for women to run in whatever type of clothing they feel comfortable in. “said Let’s Finish event organizer Liza’s Run. The Independent.

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