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OffbeatSuspected NY serial killer Danueal Drayton found competent to stand trial in Los Angeles

16:55  04 november  2018
16:55  04 november  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Accused killer Danueal Drayton has been found mentally competent to stand trial in Los Angeles , a judge announced Friday. The Brooklyn man — who allegedly murdered Queens nurse Samantha Stewart inside her Springfield Gardens home last July then flew to California and allegedly raped and

Last week, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Danueal Drayton , 27, with sexually assaulting and attempting to murder a woman who shared the Police allege that Drayton killed Stewart after arranging a date through Tinder. Drayton is due in court in Los Angeles today to face charges for

Suspected NY serial killer Danueal Drayton found competent to stand trial in Los Angeles© NYPD / HANDOUT

Accused killer Danueal Drayton has been found mentally competent to stand trial in Los Angeles, a judge announced Friday.

The Brooklyn man who allegedly murdered Queens nurse Samantha Stewart inside her Springfield Gardens home last July then flew to California and allegedly raped and tried to kill a woman in North Hollywood appeared in a courtroom Friday as the judge reinstated his criminal case.

The case had been put on hold in August after his defense declared doubt about his mental state.

Drayton, 27, was dressed in a quilted blue jail smock Friday and stood silently in shackles as the judge briefly addressed him.

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Police believe that Danueal Drayton , who reportedly raped and killed a nurse from Queens, may be a serial killer who used Tinder and ride-share apps to They eventually tracked him to a hotel room in Los Angeles ; when a regional task force barged into his hotel room, they found him holding another

“Mr. Drayton, do you agree that we can to continue your matter to the date of Dec. 5?” Judge George G. Lomeli asked.

“Yes,” Drayton said after a short pause.

Drayton has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, forcible rape, false imprisonment by violence and sexual penetration by a foreign object in Los Angeles.

“The criminal case is back on track and we are ready to proceed,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr told the Daily News after the hearing.

Carr handed over discovery to Public Defender Tyree Campbell, including a disc containing an interview with the alleged victim in the case.

Campbell declined to comment on Drayton’s mental status when approached by The News.

Drayton was arrested in Los Angeles on July 24 after NYPD detectives investigating Stewart’s murder tracked him to the apartment building in North Hollywood.

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Danueal Drayton , 27, was arrested last week in Los Angeles after police say he sexually assaulted a woman, tried to strangle her and refused to let her After his arrest, Drayton talked about killing at least five others in Connecticut and New York , the officials said. Investigators are trying to determine

The fugitive task force that nabbed him ended up rescuing the 28-year-old woman he was holding against her will in a two-day hostage ordeal inside her own residence, police said.

In addition to Stewart’s murder, Drayton also allegedly choked an ex-girlfriend in Nassau County and raped an unidentified Brooklyn woman, authorities has said.

Drayton appeared in court July 30 and moaned loudly while strapped to a chair as a public defender entered the not guilty on his behalf.

He remains in custody on $1.25 million bail.

Stewart, 29, was found strangled and battered inside her Queens home on July 17.

During a jailhouse interview with The News on July 31, Drayton recalled killing Stewart after meeting her through a dating app.

He claimed he didn't want to strangle her but was compelled by "voices" in his head.

“I really liked her. I didn’t want to kill her,” he told The News while seated behind a glass partition at the Twin Towers men’s jail in Los Angeles. “They told me she had to die.”

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Danueal Drayton was arrested in California and is being investigated by NYPD. Police are in the process of unraveling the extent of a potential serial killer 's carnage, after he made claims about Danueal Drayton was arrested last week in Los Angeles and is set to be extradited to New York in

Danueal Drayton , charged with rape and murder, claims voices drove him to kill — but a successful insanity plea is extremely rare. A week after Danuel Drayton was apprehended by police in Los Angeles , saving the life of a female hostage, The New York Daily News scored a jailhouse interview

Drayton, 27, said he choked Stewart then tried to resuscitate her. Eventually, her body went “stiff” he said.

“I’m a passenger in my own body,” he said multiple times, claiming the voices hijacked his self-control.

“It’s mind control,” he said. “They use direct energy weapons on me to control my mind.”

Drayton claimed he suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar II disorder.

He claimed he used some bleach to partially clean up the crime scene at Stewart’s house, but Drayton said he intentionally left his “Egyptian cologne” behind in the hopes police could link it to him.

“I wanted to get caught. I took some of her things with me and used them. I kept my same phone. I knew they could track it. I didn’t know how long it would take,” he said.

Drayton faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 23 years to life in state prison if convicted in Los Angeles as charged.

Asked if Drayton might be extradited to New York to face prosecution for Stewart’s murder, Carr said he “can’t comment on any proceedings in other jurisdictions.”

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