Eliza Fletcher murder suspect allegedly connected to 2021 rape, police did not request ‘expedited’ DNA evaluate

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The Memphis guy who is being charged in the murder and kidnapping of a Memphis mom of two is experiencing new charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping and rape in Sept. 2021, but law enforcement failed to request an “expedited” analysis of the sexual assault kit at the time.

Cleotha Henderson, 38, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on aggravated rape and kidnaping costs which relate to a Sept. 21, 2021 incident. A Memphis Law enforcement Department community data officer instructed Fox Information Electronic that the charges are “unrelated” to the Eliza Fletcher circumstance.

A community details officer also said that its prison investigative unit took a sexual assault report on Sept. 21, 2021, and a sexual assault package was submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 23, 2021.

The public facts officer also mentioned that possible lead to to make “any” arrest didn’t exist right until the DNA hit was received.


Eliza Fletcher in an undated photograph; Accused killer Cleotha Henderson in Memphis court

Eliza Fletcher in an undated photograph Accused killer Cleotha Henderson in Memphis court
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Fletcher was allegedly abducted by Henderson, who was driving a GMC Terrain, at 4:20 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 2. Law enforcement say that she was “kidnapped and compelled into” the darkish-colored GMC Terrain.

Memphis law enforcement say that a surveillance digicam captured the exact same GMC Terrain in the area of the abduction 24 minutes prior to Fletcher was taken.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) informed Fox News that the Memphis Law enforcement Office did not request an expedited investigation of the sexual assault package from the September 2021, and “no suspect facts or DNA conventional was included in the submission.”

Because the evaluation wasn’t expedited and was positioned into the “queue of mysterious assailant kits,” a forensic scientist with the TBI began its evaluate of the sexual assault kit on June 24, and finished an “original report” on Aug. 29. Afterward, the mysterious male DNA profile was entered into the FBI’s Mixed DNA Index System, which resulted in a positive match of Cleotha Henderson on Sept. 5. The TBI then noted its conclusions to the Memphis Police Division.

The TBI spokesperson told Fox News that when it receives an expedited request for analysis on a sexual assault package, it commonly normally takes 5 organization days to procedure “dependent on the sum of evidence submitted.”

“This involves an investigation of all evidence, a required overview process, and getting into any established DNA profile or profiles into CODIS.  The requesting law enforcement company is then notified of whether a CODIS match is located,” the spokesperson explained.


The spokesperson claimed that the TBI “accepts rush DNA scenarios when requested by a neighborhood investigative company,” as a single was done on the Champion slides sandals that was uncovered at the scene the place Fletcher was abducted on Sept. 2.

Henderson was taken into custody on the morning of Sept. 3 by law enforcement officers, but he declined to notify police where by the lacking mom was, which resulted in a large look for operation.

An affidavit states that two individuals, together with Henderson’s brother, Mario, told law enforcement that Henderson was witnessed cleaning the interior of the GMC Terrain with floor cleaner. Fletcher “experienced serious injury” and “still left evidence, e.g., blood, in the automobile that the Defendant cleaned,” according to courtroom documents.

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Fletcher’s physique was discovered at all around 5:07 p.m. Monday in the “rear of a vacant duplex condominium,” which was about the exact region the place Henderson was allegedly viewed cleaning out the GMC Terrain.

Henderson is being held without bond in a Memphis jail and is because of back in court docket on Sept. 19, and now faces two counts of primarily aggravated kidnapping, one particular depend of aggravated rape, two counts of theft, first diploma murder, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, id theft, tampering with proof, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Stephanie Pagones, and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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