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Grieving Family Says Killer Was Released Without Bond Before Killing Their Loved One

Just weeks before a woman was killed by Danueal Drayton, the 27-year-old who has been dubbed the 'Tinder Serial Killer', he was behind bars. He had been arrested as a suspect in a strangulation case in Long Island, New York, but the judge let him go free without bail. The dead woman's family says their loved one would still be alive if the judge used better judgement.

Drayton was freed without bond after being arrested for the non-fatal strangling his ex-girlfriend, Zynea Barney. Because his rap sheet in New York was clean, the judge let him slip through her fingers.

What the judge missed was Drayton's long rap sheet in Connecticut. He was arrested at age 21 for beating his then-girlfriend to a pulp on Thanksgiving day. He strangled her until she blacked out.

Over the next few years, Drayton had been arrested four more times for violence against women. He missed many of his appointments with his probation officer.

He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and found incompetent to stand trial, but he refused to go to mental health services and he stopped taking his medications. It was a recipe for disaster.

Drayton faced Judge Erica Prager on July 5 in New York and was being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. On his behalf, his attorneys requested the bail reduction. It is unclear why the national database was not checked to determine if the suspect had a record in other states, or a criminal history.

"If (Prager) had that information, she probably would have made a different determination on the bail," said N. Scott Banks of the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

Connecticut officials weren't informed of Drayton's arrest on June 30. They put out an arrest warrant for him on July 26, after he missed court appointments. He had been sentenced to three years for the non-fatal strangling of his ex-girlfriend.

Now, the family of Samantha Stewart, a nurse from Queens, New York who was found dead in her apartment on July 17, is demanding answers. With his record, how did Drayton fall through the cracks? Why was he let free only 12 days before killing Stewart?

"You can't let a person like this walk out of jail... free without a bond," said Kenneth Stewart, the victim's father. "My daughter would be living today."

In addition to murdering Stewart after being released, he went on to rape a 23-year-old woman in Brooklyn. Drayton then headed to Los Angeles and assaulted more women. He was arrested for the rape of a woman in California. Since then, he has confessed to murdering as many as six other women in Connecticut and New York.

This time, Drayton is being held on $1.5 million bail. The tragedies, however, can't be undone.

The Judge Prager and Connecticut prosecutor Sean McGuinness have refused to comment.

New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said they have only uncovered the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Drayton's crimes. "We are very interested in the history of Mr. Drayton," Shea said. "We have resources devoted to really following up on his past. What could we learn? What other victims may there be?"

Source: Dailymail
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