Chelsea Cheatham Biography — Wiki
Chelsea Cheatham was a Texas woman who was allegedly killed by Fort Hood soldier Cory Grafton at a Days Inn in Killeen, according to a news release from the Killeen Police Department.
On June 3, 2019, officers responded to a Days Inn in Killeen after a female was reported unconscious and not breathing. Cory Grafton has been arrested in connection with the death of Cheatham.
How old was Chelsea Cheatham?
Cheatham, whose full name is Chelsea Lynell Cheatham, was 32 years old at the time of death.
What exactly happened to Chelsea Cheatham?
Killeen police officers were called June 3, 2019, to the hotel, where they found Chelsea Cheatham dead. Despite being given medical treatment, she could not survive and died at the scene.
At the time, it was unclear if she had died from natural causes.
Since then, Cheatham’s killing remained unsolved until this September, when the Texas Rangers reviewed Cheatham’s unsolved killing and identified Cory Grafton as a potential suspect.
They interviewed Grafton and collected a DNA sample from him.
Updated reports about Chelsea Cheatham’s death
The Texas Rangers also talked to one of Grafton’s colleagues, who said the soldier confided that he’d killed Cheatham, authorities said. Investigators put a rush on Grafton’s DNA sample, which ultimately matched the DNA profile on evidence found at the scene of the crime, CNN reported.
“We confirm that Spc. Corey L. Grafton is an active duty Soldier assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood,” Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam told CNN. He said military records listed Grafton’s first name as Corey, but police and jail records list it as Cory.
An autopsy, now, determines her death had been a homicide.
Where is Cory Grafton now?
20-year-old Cory Grafton was arrested on Tuesday.
Fort Hood soldier arrested in slaying of woman found dead at Texas hotel
Cory Grafton, an active-duty soldier assigned to the Texas base, was charged with felony first-degree murder in connection with the death of 32-year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham.https://t.co/mvmEWb4Np4
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 5, 2020
He is being held on a charge of first-degree felony murder and his bond has been set at $1 million according to Bell County inmate records. It is unclear if he has legal representation.
How well do you know Chelsea Cheatham?
Chelsea Cheatham was born on February 23, 1987, in San Marcos, Texas, to Lionel and Cornelia Cheatham. She was the youngest of three daughters.
According to San Marcos Daily Report, she received Christ at an early age and was a member of the Wesley Chapel of African Methodist Episcopal Church. At the age of four, she participated in the Angel choir, YPD (Young People’s Dept.) and other activities within the Church.
As a youth, Chelsea’s hobbies included playing basketball, volleyball and AAU Junior Olympics, and Track and Field. She also loved reading and writing and loved to enter spelling bees in which she would often win first place. Furthermore, Chelsea enjoyed participating in plays at school.
In high school, Chelsea was a member of the National Honor Society and various school organizations. She was a member of the varsity track team from Freshman to Senior year of high school. Chelsea excelled in Track and Field and was one of the top sprinters in the state of Texas. She was also nationally ranked in the 100 and 200 meters. Because of her talents, she was awarded a full scholarship to Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
On February 12, 2006, Chelsea gave birth to her one and only child, Cyenna Cheatham-Deleon. Further, Chelsea considered the birth of Cyenna to be the biggest blessing in her life.
Shortly before her death, she was employed at Dayton Services as an Administrative Assistant. She was highly proficient in working with computers and the newest technology.
She had many friends and was always willing to help others in need. She never was one to judge or look down on others, and always hoped that people would look at her in the same fashion.