Court documents have revealed that violent felon Cleotha Abston, accused of kidnapping and murdering Memphis billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher, was previously convicted of raping a man when he was a teenager.
Abston, 38, was 11 years old when he first appeared in the Memphis’ Shelby County Juvenile Court, charged with theft of property amounting to $500 or less, reported Daily Mail . He was detained 16 times from ages 11 to 16, for charges including rape, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.
According to Action News 5 , he was part of the local “LMG” gang, which stands for “Lemoyne Gardens Gangstas,” named for a Memphis low-income housing project.
Records revealed that Abston was accused of raping a man, landing him in the custody of Shelby County’s Youth Services Bureau (SCYSB) for six months.
Just two weeks after he was released from his last stay at SCYSB to his mother’s care, he was transferred to adult court for kidnapping lawyer Kemper Durand, who had worked at the Lewis Thomason law firm, where Fletcher’s uncle , Michael Keeney, also worked.
Abston was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the abduction, during which Durand said that he feared for his life. However, the offender was released early in 2020, after which he allegedly violently forced mother-of-two Eliza Fletcher, 34, into an SUV early in the morning on Friday.
The avid runner and teacher disappeared while out for a jog around 4:30 am on Friday, launching a four-day long hunt before officers recovered her body . Newly found footage shows the suspected killer driving to the home of his brother, Mario, at the Longview Gardens apartment complex around 8 am later that morning.
Less than four hours earlier, Abston is accused of kidnapping the heiress to the $3.2 billion Orgill hardware company seven miles away, close […]
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