Eliza Fletcher dying: Memphis kidnapping suspect Cleotha Abston held without bond
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Cleotha Abston, the person accused of kidnapping and killing younger Memphis instructor Eliza Fletcher, was again on the court docket on Wednesday when he was ordered held without bond associated with essentially the most severe prices.
Abston, 38, appeared in a Tennessee court docket for a ten a.m. ET arraignment on prices of first-degree homicide, premeditated homicide, and homicide in the perpetration of kidnapping.
He wore a green-colored, jail-issued jumpsuit, a white undershirt, face masks, and handcuffs, along with his fingers behind his again. He largely regarded straight forward with squared shoulders all through the looks. His lawyer could possibly be seen talking with him at size earlier than Wednesday’s arraignment started.
A Shelby County choose ordered Abston held with out bond and revoked his earlier bond of $510,000. Abston is due again in court docket on Thursday at 9 a.m. native time, 10 a.m. ET. His public defender was recognized as Jennifer Case.
Officers revealed on Tuesday that they found Fletcher’s stay at about 5:07 p.m. Monday within the “rear of a vacant duplex residence” close to the world the place she was kidnapped. They stated on the time it was too early to find out the place and methodology of Fletcher’s dying.
Fletcher, 34, was kidnapped whereas she was working close to the College of Memphis early Friday morning. Brokers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Abston, 38, on Saturday.
Abston allegedly camped out within the space for about 24 minutes earlier than Fletcher was taken. Police say surveillance cameras recorded him sprinting out of a GMC Terrain SUV and forcibly grabbing Fletcher round 5:30 a.m. Within the ensuing battle, he misplaced his Champion slides on the scene, and police discovered his DNA on them, based on an arrest affidavit.
Fletcher, an avid runner and Memphis mother, was reported lacking later that morning by her husband after she didn’t return house.