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Cold case murder suspect held on $25M bond

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A judge ordered a murder suspect held on $25 million bond Monday, one of the highest bonds ever in Hartford.

Donald Raynor, of Hartford, was arrested last Friday in connection with a cold case murder and seven other attempted murder cases.

Inside the courtroom Monday, more than a dozen marshals were station to ensure things didn't get out of hand during the arraignment.

"My heart hurt every day," Shirley Harris said "Maybe now I can put some peace to it."

Harris said she couldn't believe it when she learned investigators arrested the man they said killer her son Delano Gray in a Hartford drive-by shooting.

Tuesday is the sixth anniversary of Gray's killing.

"I don't know this young man, I never (saw) him before in my life," Harris said. "But, everybody's innocent until proven guilty. If he (is) guilty, I hope they keep him in there forever."

Police said they began to learn about Raynor when a prisoner saw Gray's murder in a cold case playing card deck and offered up some tips.

Investigators linked Raynor not only to the killing, but to seven other attempted murders. That's why he received one of the highest bonds the city ever issued.

"Clearly the defendant is a serious threat to the community," Hartford State Attorney Gail Hardy said.

Raynor's attorney argued his client has stayed out of trouble for nearly a decade.

"He has not had any substantive difficulties from that 2004-2005 time period," attorney John Gulash said. "He's currently self-employed and he's involved in building residential rehabs."

Raynor was arrested after a year long, multi-agency investigation. Officials said the warrants will likely remain sealed to protect the witness who gave investigators information.

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