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A Fort Hood soldier was arrested in the killing of Chelsea Cheatham



Cory Grafton, 20, was arrested on Tuesday, the statement said. He is being charged with first-degree murder and his bond has been set at $ 1 million according to Bell County inmates’ records. It is not clear if he has legal representation.

On June 3, 2019, police were dispatched to a Days Inn in Killeen after a woman was reported unconscious and not breathing.

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Although police attempted to revive her, Cheatham was presumed dead at the scene, the statement said. At that time, it was not clear if she died of natural causes.

A recent autopsy determined the death was a murder, the statement said, and a witness contacted Grafton with the scene. Police also reported that the Texas Ranger Team found DNA on Cheatham that matches Grafton.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Brautigam told CNN: “We confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Corey L. Grafton is a soldier on active duty assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood”. He said the military records listed Grafton’s first name as Corey, but the police and prison records listed it as Cory.

“The unit continues to cooperate with the Killeen Police Department and the Texas Ranger Team,” he added.


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