On December 18, 2012, at 10:56, officers were sent to 5827 E. Shields regarding a relative reporting that her nephew killed her mother. Officers arrived and discovered 78-year-old Joyce Frazier deceased inside of the Shields home. There were no signs of foul play but Homicide Detectives John Viveros and Richard Tacadena responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation. It was learned that Frazier’s grandson, Travis Fendley, 22, of Fresno, lived at the Shields home for the past two years.
As detectives were on-scene at the Shields home, they were notified that Clovis PD was responding to a call involving Fendley and his mother and that Fendley had committed a vehicle robbery and was now driving his mother’s vehicle. Fendley drove to Merced County where he was involved in a traffic collision with another vehicle. Officers responded to the location and found Fendley acting bizarre. It was discovered that Findley intentionally struck the other vehicle. No one was seriously injured. Officers learned on-scene that the vehicle was taken in a vehicle robbery in Clovis so Fendley was placed into custody.
Back at the Shields scene there was no obvious sign of trauma to Frazier. Fendley was booked into the Fresno County jail last night for carjacking. As officers continued with their follow-up investigation, Fendley made statements that he had killed his grandmother. An autopsy was completed today and it was determined that the victim was strangled to death. Homicide investigators will be pursuing murder charges against Fendley.
Fendley also made statements that he planned to murder two other relatives but some intervening forces prevented that from occurring. During the two years Fendley was living with his grandmother, they had various disturbances centering around Fendley’s behavioral issues. Fendley is on felony probation for vehicle theft and has extensive criminal history.