'I believe him': Cleotha Abston's mother says son did NOT kill Eliza Fletcher
Virgie Abston questioned the fairness with which cops function, 'I don't know why they do what they do. I don't deal with the police, period'
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: Eliza Fletcher’s alleged killer, Cleotha Abston's mother has broken her silence on the ongoing sensational case. Virgie Abston, 65, has come in full support of his son, and said "I believe him." Cleotha Abston, 38, is arrested and booked with first-degree murder in the Memphis heiress’ death, while he continues to plead not guilty.
“I talked to him and he said he didn't do it. He said [to me]: 'They're trying to put me in some stuff, mom'. I believe him, I don't believe he did it. If it comes out of his mouth, that's what I believe,” claimed Virgie Abston said in an interview with Daily Mail. She continued, “He's just a good person, kind, lovable.”
On Cleotha's earlier conviction in 2000, for abducting Memphis lawyer, Kemper Durand, and spending over two decades in prison, she said, “They held Cleo in the juvy." "They railroaded him, had him sign the papers without no parent around, without our consent. We didn't know he signed no papers. We didn't know nothing. He left me when he was 16. They took 20 years of my son's life. They need to fix that prison [system].”
Virgie questions the fairness with which cops function, “I don't know why they do what they do. I don't deal with the police. I don't deal with the police, period.”
The mother said she has been facing a tough time since the two of his sons are in prison. Her other son, Mario, was taken in custody during a search warrant against him on unrelated drug and weapon charges. It is reported that Cleotha was in the apartment at that time, as he cleaned and washed the vehicle after the alleged killing.
“I just take one day at a time, one day at a time baby,”' Vergie said on her struggles. “Things have been going on so much.” While she stood by her son, Vergie cleared that she doesn’t know what her sons are into, “The boys are on their own. What they do, I do not know. They haven't told me nothing, I don't know nothing.”
Eliza Fletcher’s body was found four days after she went missing after she was kidnapped while jogging near the University of Memphis campus and taken into an SUV on early morning of September 2.