Video shows suspect in Memphis mom’s murder cleaning car. Eliza Fletcher was jogging in the early morning when she was abducted. Memphis police announce they have located and positively identified Eliza Fletcher’s body.
Eliza Fletcher death: Memphis kidnapping suspect Cleotha Abston held without bond. Cleotha Abston, the man accused of kidnapping and killing young Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher, was back in court on Wednesday, when he was ordered held without bond related to the most serious charges.
Abston, 38, appeared in a Tennessee court for a 10 a.m. ET arraignment on charges of first-degree murder, premeditated murder and murder in perpetration of kidnapping.
He wore a green-colored, jail-issued jumpsuit, a white undershirt, a face mask and handcuffs, with his hands behind his back. He largely looked straight ahead with squared shoulders throughout the appearance. His attorney could be seen speaking with him at length before Wednesday’s arraignment began.
Eliza Fletcher kidnapping: Timeline of the Memphis teacher’s abduction, murder. Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis kindergarten teacher and 34-year-old mother known as Liza to her loved ones, was abducted Friday while she was out for an early morning run.
The Memphis Police Department (MPD) held a press conference Tuesday to address the suspect, who has now been charged with first degree murder, and the status of the case.
Mario Abston, the brother of suspect Cleotha Abston charged with the murder of Eliza Fletcher, is expected to make a court appearance Thursday on gun and drug related charges after investigators conducted a search warrant at his apartment on S. Orleans St. in Memphis on Saturday.
The affidavit charges Mario Abston with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, delivery or sell heroin and fentanyl.
Investigators conducted a search warrant at the home of Mario Abston on Saturday where they recovered a semi-automatic handgun loaded with 18 rounds of live ammunition, a scale and substances packaged in plastic later determined to be 2.3 grams of heroin and 27 grams of fentanyl, the affidavit says.
The affidavit notes that Mario Abston was convicted of possession of a prohibited weapon on June 26, 2007. Fox News Digital learned that in 2017, he was also charged with domestic violence for allegedly punching a girlfriend in the face as she sat in her car, but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence even though police photographed her injuries.
He also had a slew of other drug dealing charges. In one case, a convenience store owner called the police on him for loitering, and he was accused of dealing outside.