Bond was set at $3 million for 48-year-old Troy Len Hairston Monday afternoon in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Hairston was arraigned on charges of rape, kidnapping and murder.
Prosecutors say Hairston raped three women in a span of five months and murdered one of them, 47-year-old Tonya Lanette Daniels, on February 24. Police say one of the rape victims was a 70-year-old woman.
Daniels’ cousin, Jennifer Britford was one of several relatives who showed up for Monday’s arraignment. “It was hard to look at him but I’m glad I got to see his face and I’m glad he got to see our faces,” Britford said.
Hairston has been indicted for one count of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Murder, three counts of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Robbery, four counts of Rape and one count of Tampering With Evidence.
Hairston has a previous conviction for rape from 1994. He was living on Geer Avenue with his mother and as a registered sex offender. The crimes for which he’s now charged are all alleged to have occurred within a few hundred yards of his home.
One of the victims tells NBC4 Hairston forced his way into her home the same day the body of Tonya Daniels was located. “Police were still sitting in the back,” she said. “He put me in an immediate chokehold. I couldn’t even defend myself. He basically choked me out. I felt that he was going to take my life and I asked God to save my soul.”
Police say Hairston turned himself in on March 8th and denied any sexual assault but confessed to the murder of Tonya Daniels. Prosecutors say Daniels died of blunt force trauma.
Hairston said nothing in court Monday. Assistant prosecutor Chelsey Capezzuti said Hairston “self-reported that he’s suicidal, has anger issues and does not trust his quote-unquote dark side.”