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Eliza Fletcher: Suspect in Memphis teacher kidnapping and death ordered without deposit

Shelby County Judge Louis J. Montesi, Jr. on Wednesday called a $500,000 bond that was set earlier — when Henderson was indicted in case only with kidnapping and falsification with evidence – and said full bail hearing will take place later.

Montesi then suspended the hearing and said it would resume on Thursday when the judge said he would hear defense petition for Henderson’s representation. Montesi did not elaborate on this proposal.

Following Wednesday’s trial, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy dismissed a reporter’s question about what punishment he would pursue if Henderson was convicted. BUT first-degree murder condemnation brings punishment of life in prison with or without parole, or death penalty.

“It’s premature for us to discuss right now what punishment we’re going to seek,” Mulroy said. outside courtroom.

Fletcher’s disappearance sparked an intense manhunt based on CCTV footage that police said showed she was forced into an SUV early Friday morning. on run that led to arrest next to his memphis home Saturday.
Fletcher body was found near an empty duplex on Monday and was publicly identified on Tuesday, authorities said.

The teachers’ death, which authorities say was violent, has taken its toll on Tennessee. city ​​and is still surrounded by questions about where and how she was killed – and why.

However, investigators have “no reason think it was something other than isolated attack stranger,” Mulroy told reporters on Tuesday.

During the investigation, Fletcher community mourns the junior kindergarten teacher and mother of two.

She was “a joy to all who knew her, her family said in application received by CNN affiliate WHBQ.

“We are heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss. Lisa has been such a joy to so many – her family friends, colleagues, students, parents members of her congregation of the Second Presbyterian Church, and all who knew her,” the statement said.

“It’s time to remember and celebrate how special she was for support those who cared so much for her. We appreciate all expressions of We received love and care. We are immensely grateful to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. for their tireless efforts to find Lisa and bring justice man responsible for this is terrible crime” Fletcher family said.

At St. Mary’s Episcopal School, faculty and staff started the day in chapel and lit candles in Fletcher’s memory the school said on Tuesday in Facebook post.

“We are heartbroken at the loss of our beloved teacher, colleague and friend Lisa Fletcher,” St. Mary’s Episcopal School said in a statement.

Fletcher was the granddaughter of hardware Tycoon Joseph Orgill III, who died in 2018 aged of 80. Orgill of Tennessee has annual sales. of According to the company, $3 billion.
Henderson, 38, appeared in court on Tuesday. on initial charges — especially kidnapping and aggravated falsification with evidence – and at that time was appointed public protector representing him.

Like a four day search for victim turned around

Fletcher was jogging in area near the university of Memphis around 4am Friday. Her husband told police on Friday morning that she had not returned, authorities said. in an affidavit that was originally filed on Sunday and amended on Tuesday.

Somebody found her phone in a street that morning and it was given one of Fletcher’s relatives who handed it over to investigators, the sworn letter says.

Memphis police found unidentified body 3 days after the forced kidnapping of the teacherEliza Fletcher: Suspect in Memphis teacher kidnapping and death ordered without deposit

The police then found CCTV of what area shows a black GMC Landscape pass her, according to the statement. A man is seen in personnel receive out of SUV and “aggressively” ran up to her before forcing her into the vehicle’s passenger seat, according to the affidavit.

SUV left in parking for about four minutes after both people were inside and then left, the affidavit says.

Police also analyzed a couple of sandals that were found at the scene of the abduction, near the victim’s phone. DNA found on the shoes matched Henderson’s DNA, the affidavit says.

Investigators questioned Henderson’s employer. who said he drove a GMC Terrain and confirmed his phone number. Investigators checked Henderson’s mobile phone records, which showed that he was near the abduction site at the time. of According to the affidavit, Fletcher’s kidnapping.

Members of US marshals task force found GMC Terrain near Henderson home on Saturday morning – and he had the same visible damage as in security footage, and the license plate matched the partial number information Gleaned from the video, the affidavit is read.

Exercise force detained Henderson next to him home Saturday, the court document says.

Police gathered details from two witnesses, including Henderson. brother — who say they saw him acting weird on brother Memphis house after the kidnapping, according to the sworn testimony.

Both said that Henderson was cleaning the interior. of GMC Landscape with floor janitor and that he was washing his clothes in sink of at home as indicated.

Cleota Henderson, right, face forward during the hearing in courtroom in Shelby County on Wednesday.Cleota Henderson, right, face forward during the hearing in courtroom in Shelby County on Wednesday.

Body found almost vacant home; clothes found discarded nearby

On Monday, search engines operating on information from the FBI team which analyzes mobile phone data, found Fletcher body just after 5:00 pm, as requested.

seekers, using mobile phone data, have been focused on en area near an intersection less than a mile from brotherx home. team smelled of decay from area next to the vacant homesaw vehicle tracks in grass near the driveway and eventually found a body on in propertyaccording to testimony.

“Inspection of the scene showed that the woman fits the description. of Missing Eliza Fletcher,” the sworn letter says.

What property was in block 1600 of According to the authorities, Victor Street. It is approximately half-miles drive from the address given by the authorities for his brother’s home7.5 miles drive from the place of abduction and about 15.5 km. drive for Henderson home.

A little more than an hour after body was found and about three tenths of a mile and detective found garbage bag with purple jogging shorts – matching with who Fletcher was wearing when she was kidnapped, the affidavit says.

officers work the scene where Eliza Fletcher is believed to have been kidnapped on Friday.officers work the scene where Eliza Fletcher is believed to have been kidnapped on Friday.

The suspect served prison time in previous case of kidnapping

court records also show that Henderson previously served prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping more than 20 years ago.

In November 2001, Henderson pleaded guilty to the charges and was released. in November 2020 court records show.

Henderson was convicted in kidnapping of advocate in 2000 Shelby County District Attorney office told local publication WREG.

This month Henderson also is facing allegations unrelated to the Fletcher case, including identity theft, theft of property $1,000 or less and fraudulent use/illegal possession of credit or debit card $1,000 or less Shelby County jail records show.

These charges are associated with theft report filed last a week from a woman who reported that someone was using her money application card and Wisely Card at gas stations without her knowledge.

CNN reached out to the Shelby County District Attorney and the Memphis Police Department regarding theft accusations.

CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Ann Clifford, Jamiel Lynch, Chuck Johnston, Tina Burnside, Hannah Serison and Jennifer Feldman contributed to this report.

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