A Columbus man accused of killing a 47-year-old woman in February now is facing charges that he raped two other women during a five-month span, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.
Troy L. Hairston, 48, of the South Side, had turned himself in to Columbus police on March 8 and, police said, he confessed to killing Tonya L. Daniels, 47, whose body was found Feb. 24 in a garage behind a home in the 900 block of Seymour Avenue.
Hairston was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape in Daniels’ death and additional charges stemming from the kidnapping and rape of two other women.
One of the other victims was raped on the same day Daniels was killed, county Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a news release.
Hairston is accused of kidnapping and raping a 70-year-old woman on Sept. 26, as well as kidnapping and raping a 57-year-old woman on Feb. 24.
According to the indictment, Hairston was convicted of rape in 1994 and served time in prison. He was paroled as part of a series of hearings mandated after Ohio enacted truth-in-sentencing laws.
Hairston is charged in the indictment with one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, four counts of rape, one count of aggravated robbery and one count of tampering with evidence. He also is facing specifications asrepeat violent offender and sexually violent predator that would add prison time to any sentence Hairston might receive if convicted.
Hairston is currently being held in the Franklin County jail.