Hartford Murder Suspect Charged On 45 Counts

By Ari Mason
|  Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:28 PM EDT
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Hartford Murder Suspect Charged On 45 Counts

A 27-year-old Hartford man was arrested and charged Friday in connection with a 2007 "cold case" homicide and seven shooting incidents spanning from 2007 to 2008, according to the state's attorney's office.

In eight separate warrants, Donald "Amen" Raynor was charged with 45 counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Raynor is accused of killing 22-year-old Delano Gray in Hartford and attempting to murder seven others. He is also accused of alleged theft and trafficking firearms in Windsor Locks and Hartford, the state's attorney's office said.

Investigators began pursuing Raynor over a year ago after receiving a tip from the cold case playing card project, a Dept. of Correction and Office of the Chief State's Attorney initiative that sells prison inmates decks of cards containing information about unsolved crimes.

Raynor is being held on $18.75 million bond pending a June 17 arraignment in Hartford Superior Court.

Raynor's arrest comes as part of a major investigation into violent crimes in the North End of Hartford. Investigators have arrested 47 suspects so far and expect to make additional arrests. The court has ordered that all arrest warrants be sealed, said the state's attorney's office.

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