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Detroit serial rape suspect's trial jury selection begins this week

Daraian Winfield accused in 3 separate attacks, 1 of which was deadly

Daraian Winfield
Daraian Winfield

DETROIT – Detroit police believe Daraian Winfield is a serial rapist whose violence killed one woman. 

That's why the 18-year-old has been jailed since January. After a series of sexual assaults this year which terrorized Detroit's east side, Winfield was named a suspect in three of the crimes. And after one of the victims died from her injuries, Winfield became a murder suspect. 

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He faces murder, home invasion and criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly breaking into the 17-year-old victim's home Jan. 7 on Radnor Street and attacking her. A judge bound him over on those charges back in March. His trial is set to begin June 6 with jury selection starting Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Winfield is accused in two other assault cases, one involving a 39-year-old woman in a different home on Radnor Street in December and one in Grosse Pointe Park. In the other Radnor Street case, he's charged with assault with intent to murder, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

Grosse Pointe Park attack

In the Grosse Pointe Park attack, Winfield is accused of using a sharp object to cut a 48-year-old woman on her face and chest as she walked  Dec. 12 on Cadieux Road near Charlevoix Street. The woman said she was cut three times on her chest, was cut on her wrist, face and suffered bruises on her arm. She gave emotional testimony back on Feb. 1 about the night of the attack. Winfield is charged with assault with intent to murder in her case. 

He is being held in jail on a $1 million bond.

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