Woman who says she was raped by man who ‘kidnapped and murdered’ Eliza Fletcher says Memphis police had ‘more than enough evidence’ to charge him ONE YEAR before he killed billionaire heiress while she was jogging 

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A Memphis woman who claims she was raped by the same man accused of kidnapping and murdering a billionaire heiress says police had ‘enough’ to put the man behind bars a year ago. There was more evidence than that.

Alicia Franklin, 22, said in a bombshell interview that if sex crime investigators had done their job properly, Eliza Fletcher, who was kidnapped and killed while jogging through Memphis on September 2, might still be alive. Is.

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‘He had more than enough evidence to get him off the road that night when he interviewed me to take him off the streets. But they didn’t,’ she said ABC News,

Cliotha Ebston-Henderson, 38, has now been charged with raping Franklin almost a year ago – but charges were not filed until she was arrested and charged with murdering Fletcher.

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Henderson pleaded not guilty to murder but has yet to respond to rape charges. He was to appear in court on Monday, but the hearing was rescheduled for September 28.

Elijah Fletcher's accused killer was arrested just days after the pre-school teacher (above) was kidnapped.  But the rape case against her hanged for a year despite strong leads

Alicia Franklin, 22, says Memphis police had ‘more than enough evidence’ for a year to arrest and prosecute Cliotha Ebston-Henderson, who has now been accused of raping her.

Henderson pleaded not guilty to murder but has yet to respond to rape charges

Henderson pleaded not guilty to murder but has yet to respond to rape charges

While DNA evidence from Fletcher’s kidnapping was tested within hours, in Franklin’s case the rape kit sat on a shelf for months, and she says police were unable to take basic steps like collecting fingerprints after a violent assault. failed.

‘I’m angry. Not a day goes by when I haven’t thought about it,’ she told Good Morning America.

Talking about Fletcher, she said, ‘I certainly believe she would have been alive today.’

Cliotha Ebston-Henderson, 38, is accused of raping a woman a year ago in addition to kidnapping and murdering Eliza Fletcher

Cliotha Ebston-Henderson, 38, is accused of raping a woman a year ago in addition to kidnapping and murdering Eliza Fletcher

In September 2021, Franklin says she met a man she only knew as ‘Cleo’ through online dating app Plenty of Fish, and went to meet him at a large apartment complex in southeast Memphis. agreed to.

Their invitation was originally to meet for dinner at Olive Garden, but when Franklin said her car was riding on a spare tire and she didn’t want to drive that far, they went to meet at their apartment. let agreed.

But when she arrived, she said Henderson held a gun to her neck and took her inside an apartment, which was vacant and under renovation.

There, he blindfolded her with a T-shirt and carried her to a white Dodge Charger, where he assaulted her, and then took her back to the apartment. It was a terrible ordeal he had not expected to survive.

‘I really thought he was going to shoot me in the back of my head,’ he told the Daily Memphian.

He told her she was four months pregnant, which was true, but she says he was adamant.

‘All you b*** chases say that,’ she told him.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city and the police department, Franklin said the statement indicated he had raped other women.

‘Can you please let me go? Please let me go,’ he recalled pleading with his assailant.

After the attack, Franklin immediately reported the crime and went to the rape crisis center when evidence was collected, she told ABCNews.

Then nothing happened for several days.

“Nobody was really talking to me,” she told the news outlet.

The attacker then went through her purse, touching her keys and cell phone, before stealing some cash and leaving it behind.

According to the lawsuit, he found a picture of his sister in her handbag, and asked if she worked for law enforcement.

Franklin says the police failed to fingerprint her phone, and dropped the ball on an important clue – the address of the apartment where the attack took place.

Henderson was identified as a suspect in Eliza Fletcher (pictured) in just 18 hours, when a slipper left at the crime scene was returned with a match to her DNA.

Henderson was identified as a suspect in Eliza Fletcher (pictured) in just 18 hours, when a slipper left at the crime scene was returned with a match to her DNA.

Franklin was attacked in this apartment complex last year - but police did not make an arrest while suspect Henderson was living away from the crime scene

Franklin was attacked in this apartment complex last year – but police did not make an arrest while suspect Henderson was living away from the crime scene

A rape victim in Memphis bravely broke her silence, saying that police failed to follow up on clear leads for nearly a year, until the suspect Henderson allegedly murdered a woman.

A rape victim in Memphis bravely broke her silence, saying that police failed to follow up on clear leads for nearly a year, until the suspect Henderson allegedly murdered a woman.

The City of Memphis and the Police Department declined to comment on Franklin’s allegations because of the pending trial.

According to a police incident report, the apartment is located at 5783 Waterstone Oak Way, just a few doors from where Henderson lives, and where he was arrested a year later for Fletcher’s murder.

Franklin also says that he gave the phone number of his attacker to the police.

Police present Franklin with a photo lineup, but she says she was not able to confidently identify Henderson, as the photo they had included was old, and showed him with a dreadlocks hairstyle that he now had. and was not worn.

‘They never showed me the updated picture. I called two or three months later, and was like, ‘Hey, you know, (the detective) said she was going to, you know, try to do another photo lineup with updated pictures and.. . I haven’t heard him,’” Franklin recalled.

‘And then they were like, ‘Oh, well, she’s actually been promoted since, so she’s not the detective on your case anymore,’” the victim said.

He said that when he contacted the police they told him that the investigation had gone cold.

He said he didn’t have enough evidence. That’s not enough evidence to allege rape,’ she told The Morning Show.

The trail of evidence led to Henderson’s arrest in Fletcher’s murder just days after Jogger’s disappearance at a morning run.

He was re-booked in Shelby County Jail on September 9 on charges related to the 2021 rape case.

Law enforcement officials have said his indictment on those charges did not precede Fletcher’s murder because of the time it took to test his DNA in the rape case.

In the Fletcher kidnapping case, Henderson was identified as a suspect in just 18 hours after a slipper left at the crime scene was returned with a match to his DNA.

His DNA was already in the police database because of a prior felony.

Henderson had previously served 20 years in prison for kidnapping at the age of 16.

‘I didn’t want to believe it because I never thought I’d have an affair [been] tied to [Fletcher’s] Case. I was shocked,’ she said. ‘I’m still trying to process everything.’

Woman who says she was raped by man who ‘kidnapped and murdered’ Eliza Fletcher says Memphis police had ‘more than enough evidence’ to charge him ONE YEAR before he killed billionaire heiress while she was jogging 

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