Eliza Fletcher, the Memphis mother-of-two who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Cleotha Abston-Henderson, died after being shot in the back of the head and sustaining blunt force trauma to her head, according to a newly released autopsy report.
The Christian kindergarten teacher had a gunshot wound in the back of her head, blunt-force injuries to her right leg, and jaw fractures, according to an autopsy completed by forensic pathologist Danielle Harrell, D.O., at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis.
Abston — who prosecutors charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnappings, especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence — has a long and violent criminal history.
“The thing about these sexual predators, it seems it doesn’t matter how much time they do,” John Kelly, a criminal profiler and psychotherapist who has interviewed multiple serial killers, told Fox News. “When they get out, they’re back on the hunt.”
Abston’s criminal history began when he was a teenager and includes convictions for aggravated assault, rape, and kidnapping.
Abston served 20 years in prison for kidnapping a lawyer at gunpoint when he was 16 years old, and forcing the lawyer to withdraw cash at multiple ATMs. He also “committed a juvenile delinquent act of rape against an unnamed suspect when he was 14,” Fox News added.
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