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FIRST ON FOX: Murder suspect Cleotha Henderson in Memphis, the 38-year-old ex-con charged with kidnapping and murdering local teacher and mother of two Eliza Fletcher during her morning run on Sept. 2, has been charged with rape, kidnapping and felony firearms-related charges. with a second sexual assault.
It happened nearly a year ago, according to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital.
Cleotha Abston, aka Cleotha Henderson, unlawfully and intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sexually invaded Shelby County, Tennessee, on September 21, 2021, prior to the establishment of this charge [the victim] by the use of force or coercion while armed with a weapon,” the indictment reads.
Fox News Digital has chosen not to use the victim’s name because she is the victim of an alleged assault.
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A Memphis police spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Friday that the new charges had nothing to do with the attack on Fletcher, a 34-year-old he allegedly kidnapped during her morning jog on Sept. 2. Her remains were later found behind an empty house.
Separately, city police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told Fox News that a 2021 access to the federal government’s Combined DNA Index System matched the evidence gathered in connection with the attack on Fletcher, linking Henderson to the case of the second victim.
He was charged on September 8, documents show.
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Henderson, also known as Cleotha Abston, was serving a 20-year prison term of 24 years for another armed kidnapping in 2000 after catching a prominent local attorney named Kemper Durand at gunpoint and driving him across Memphis to various ATMs, causing him to lose himself. had to withdraw cash. The suspect was 16 years old at the time and had been charged with aggravated assault five times as a minor and was found responsible for another rape case when he was only 14.
Durand escaped and demanded the maximum penalty against Henderson in a victim’s impact statement. The lawyer passed away in 2013.
Henderson went free in November 2020.
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On September 21, 2021, he is said to have kidnapped the other woman at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted her.
Henderson is due to appear in court again at 9 a.m. CT Monday. He is already being held without bail on charges of first degree murder.
At 38, Henderson has spent more than half of his life in a Tennessee prison. Had he not been released early for a reduced sentence, he would have been behind bars for both the attacks on Fletcher and the other woman.
Jennifer Case, the Memphis public defender assigned to Henderson’s defense, has asked for a gag order, noting in her argument that Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis had called her client a “dangerous predator.” . However, the prosecutors felt that the public should continue to be informed about this case.
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Laura Ingle and Adam Sabes of Fox News contributed to this report.