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Chelsea Lynell Cheatham                                                                                                                 Cory Latrell Grafton

Murdered on                                                                                                                                       Sentenced to 40 years

June 3, 2019                                                                                                                                         Facility:  J Middleton

                                                                                                                                                               Projected Release 11/02/60

                                                                                                                                                               Eligible for Parole  11/02/40


December 9, 2021

Cory Grafton took a plea deal from the Bell County District Attorney's Office.

Grafton confessed to the murder of Chelsea and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

November 4, 2020 

20-year-old Army Soldier Cory Latrell Grafton was arrested for the murder of Chelsea.  

According to KPD, DNA, text messages and a confession he made to his superior plus an eyewitness who placed

Grafton in the area led to his arrest.

September 19, 2019

Killeen police are looking for answers after a woman was found “unconscious and not breathing” at a Days Inn in the 1600 block of E. Central Texas Parkway.

Police were called to the hotel on Monday, June 3, around 10:39 p.m. and found 32-year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham. Officers started “life-saving measures” on the woman until paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead around 11:35 p.m.

Investigators were unsure if Cheatham died of natural causes or if she was killed. An autopsy determined the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

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