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Trial date set for man accused in 2022 killing of Eliza Fletcher

By meerna Jun18,2024
Trial date set for man accused in 2022 killing of Eliza Fletcher

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A trial date has been set for Cleotha Abston-Henderson, the man accused of kidnapping and killing school teacher Eliza Fletcher while she was out on a morning run in 2022.

Abston-Henderson will face trial on February 10, 2025, in Judge Lee Coffee’s court.


In 2023, Abston-Henderson was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, and tampering with evidence in the death of Eliza Fletcher.

He is guilty not guilty.

In this photo provided by the Memphis Police Department, 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher is shown. Authorities in Tennessee searched Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, for Fletcher, who police said was abducted and forced into a vehicle while she was jogging near the University of Memphis campus. (Courtesy of Memphis Police Department via AP)

Fletcher, a kindergarten teacher at a Memphis private school, was abducted during an early morning run on Central Avenue on Sept. 2, 2022. Her disappearance sparked a manhunt that ended when her body was found days later, a few miles from where she was abducted.

In July 2023, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy filed a notice with the court that prosecutors would seek the death penalty if Henderson is convicted of first-degree murder.

In May of this year, Henderson was sentenced to a total of 80 years for the 2021 rape of Alicia Franklin. Judge Coffee issued to the following sentences: 20 years for Agravated Kidnapping, 40 years for Agravated Rape, and 20 years for Unlawful Weapon.

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