Cleosa Abston, 38, appeared in court in Tennessee on Tuesday morning for arraignment related to the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher.
memphis police On Tuesday, the agency identified the body found Monday as that of the missing teacher.
Shelby County Judge Louis J. Montesi Jr. addressed five of Fletcher’s family members who were in court before the hearing began, asking them to refrain from outbursts and emotional reactions during the arraignment.
Abston was brought to court by a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy wearing a prison uniform and face mask. He spoke only to answer the judge’s questions, stating that he had neither an attorney nor the funds to post a bond. Montesi appointed Shelby County public defender to represent Abston.
“Other charges are on the horizon, but they are not on the record today,” the judge said.
A lawyer charged in court said three new charges had been filed against Abston, including murder, premeditated murder and kidnapping-murder.
Abston is currently being held in Shelby County Jail on $510,000 bail on previous charges of aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, according to prison records.
CNN reached out to the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office for comment.