Eliza Fletcher murder suspect thanks in court docket right after new abduction, rape rates in 2021 incident

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The Memphis male charged in the kidnapping and murder of Eliza Fletcher is thanks again in courtroom on Monday morning after remaining charged in relation to an alleged 2021 rape and kidnapping of yet another female.

A grand jury indicted Cleotha Henderson, 38, on Thursday on aggravated rape and kidnapping charges in link to a Sept. 21, 2021 alleged sexual assault of a lady.

He will surface just before a Shelby County, Tennessee, judge at 9 a.m. on Monday early morning.

An indictment received by Fox Information Electronic states that Cleotha Henderson “On Sept. 21, 2021, in Shelby County, Tennessee, and prior to the obtaining of this indictment, did unlawfully and intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly sexually penetrate [the victim] by use of force or coercion, when armed with a weapon.”

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Henderson is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in relation to the Sept. 21, 2021 incident.

Fletcher was allegedly kidnaped by Henderson at 4:20 a.m. on Sept. 2, and he was driving a GMC Terrain. Police stated that Fletcher was “kidnapped and compelled into” the GMC Terrain.

Law enforcement said a nearby surveillance digicam captured the same GMC Terrain in the location of the abduction 24 minutes prior to Fletcher becoming taken.

Henderson was taken into custody by regulation enforcement officers on Sept. 3, but declined to give police any facts that would have led to the system of Fletcher.

According to an affidavit, Henderson’s brother, Mario, advised legislation enforcement officers that Henderson was viewed cleansing the interior of the GMC Terrain with floor cleaner. Fletcher “endured major injuries” and “still left evidence, e.g., blood, in the vehicle that the Defendant cleaned,” according to courtroom files.

Fletcher’s overall body was identified on Sept. 5 at all over 5:07 p.m. in the “rear of a vacant duplex apartment,” which was around the very same region exactly where Henderson was allegedly observed cleansing out the GMC Terrain.

A community information and facts officer for the Memphis Police Division told Fox News Electronic that its prison investigative device 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.


However, the official said that the division failed to have probable induce to make “any” arrest till the DNA strike was received.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) informed Fox News that the Memphis Law enforcement Division did not ask for an expedited examination of the sexual assault kit from the Sept. 21, 2021 incident, and added that “no suspect information or DNA regular was included in the submission.”

The sexual assault package was then placed into the “queue of not known assailant kits,” and a forensic scientist with the TBI began its overview of the sexual assault package on June 24, and completed an “first report” on Aug. 29. Soon after ending the initial report, not known male DNA profile was entered into the FBI’s Blended DNA Index Procedure, which resulted in a beneficial match of Cleotha Henderson on Sept. 5 – just times just after Fletcher died.


The TBI then handed its conclusions to the Memphis Law enforcement Office, and a grand jury indictment was produced.

Generally, according to the TBI spokesperson, an expedited ask for for evaluation on a sexual assault kit can take five business days to process “dependent on the sum of evidence submitted.”

“This features an examination of all proof, a obligatory assessment approach, and coming into any set up DNA profile or profiles into CODIS.┬áThe requesting legislation enforcement agency is then notified of irrespective of whether a CODIS match is identified,” the spokesperson claimed.

The spokesperson extra that the TBI “accepts rush DNA situations when asked for by a area investigative company,” such as the just one that was done on the Winner slides sandals that were being identified at the scene where Fletcher was abducted on Sept. 2.

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The Memphis Law enforcement Office did not react to a request for comment from Fox Information Digital inquiring why the sexual assault kit in the 2021 incident was not sent for an expedited investigation.

Henderson faces two counts of specifically aggravated kidnapping, a single depend of aggravated rape, two counts of theft, to start with diploma murder, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, id theft, tampering with proof and fraudulent use of a credit rating/debit card.

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

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