Memphis police along with several other law enforcement agencies found “tire marks” and smelled an “odor of decay” to find the body of Eliza Fletcher on Monday evening.
A new affidavit released on Monday states that a law enforcement officer found the tire marks on the high grass and an odor of decay at 1666 Victor Street in Memphis, Tenn., which then led them to a rear driveway, where a body later identified as Eliza Fletcher was found.
Eliza Fletcher abduction: Memphis murder investigators ‘in a strong position’ without suspect’s help
Ted Williams, a former homicide detective-turned renowned attorney, weighed in on the tragic case involving the murder of young mother and kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher.
Officials revealed earlier in the day on Tuesday that they “have not gotten very much information” from the suspect, 38-year-old Cleotha Abston-Henderson.
Williams told Originol Digital on Tuesday he suspects that investigators “won’t get him to talk – he will not talk.”
“He’s closed in his constitutional right, and that is the right to remain silent,” the Originol contributor told Originol Digital.
Williams noted that there is no known “offer on the table” and Abston-Henderson potentially faces the death penalty.
“It is highly unlikely that they are going to get him to talk at all,” he said. “That is not something that is unusual, so unless the authorities are willing to offer him something and apply his cooperation or they will not get him to talk there.”
Williams described how authorities are “in a strong position,” given that they have been able to place Abston-Henderson at the scene of the abduction through DNA and other evidence. They also know that he was reported to have been scrubbing a portion of his vehicle and cleaning his clothes.
“They don’t really need him,” he went on. “There are just so many other things that tie Abston-Henderson to that scene that there is no need to make a deal with him.”
He added that investigators have to be “very careful how they go about getting the information from Abston-Henderson … because once he tells them he doesn’t want to talk, that he doesn’t want to say anything, even after they him of his constitutional right, anything that they get from him after such a conversation could very well be inexcusable in a court of law.”
What questions would you, as a homicide investigator, want to ask the murder suspect?
“The surveillance cameras were able to pick this guy up 24 minutes before she jogged in that area. So, the question that really begs for an answer is: Had he been stalking her or did he know that this is the area in which she was gonna be jogging because he had seen her there before? Why was he in that area at that time?”
“It’s a question mark that any good investigator would want to know: What led him to that area at that time where Eliza Fletcher was jogging? Was this something that was random? Had he been stalking her? Had he seen her run through that area before? The other big question is, why was he, meaning Abston-Henderson, why was Abston-Henderson in that area at the time that Eliza Fletcher was jogging through that neighborhood.”