, 2022-09-21 17:50:00,
The woman who said she was raped by the same man charged with killing heiress Eliza Fletcher sued the city of Memphis on Tuesday.
Alicia Franklin, 22, said Cleotha Henderson, also known as Cleotha Abston, tricked her into a date over an online dating app and then kidnapped her at gunpoint and raped her on Sept. 21, 2021.
Last week, Henderson was charged with rape in connection with the attack, but Franklin was not publicly named as the victim.
She spoke with the Daily Memphian on Sunday and ripped Memphis police for letting her rape kit sit untested for nearly a year while rushing through the DNA identification in Fletcher’s case.
Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother of two and granddaughter of billionaire Joseph Orgill III, was jogging near the University of Memphis on Sept. 2. Her body was found Sept. 5.
“I was just an average Black girl in the city of Memphis,” Franklin told the Daily Memphian. “I just think it wasn’t a priority.”
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If authorities had tested Franklin’s rape kit earlier, DNA would have identified Henderson as her attacker. Henderson was in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s database because he served 20 years in prison for a 2001 kidnapping.
In the lawsuit, which claims the city of Memphis was negligent in her case and demands…
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