Bluffton man in Charleston County court to face murder charge

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of stabbing a Bluffton woman to death was in Charleston County Friday for a bond hearing.

Darold Drayton, 32, faces murder charges in the death of 27-year-old Alexis Lukaitis of Bluffton. She was found on the side of a rural road near Adams Run in Charleston County on August 9.  No bond was set on the charges.

Lukaitis had driven Drayton to Charleston to pick up some prescription pills August 8, the day she went missing.  Lukaitis' fiance, Michael Bradley reported her missing when she failed to return from the trip.

After her body was found by workers in the area, an autopsy was performed that revealed Lukaitis had defensive wounds on her hands consistent with a knife attack.

Police found Lukaitis' car in Bluffton on August 11.  According to the affidavit, evidence found in the car led police to believe foul play had occurred.  Stephen Edwards, a cousin of Drayton's told police that Drayton had been to his residence and asked Edwards to take him to the hospital for a cut on his hand.

Drayton was taken into custody by Beaufort County Sheriff's Deputies on arrest warrants on  charges of failure to register as a sex offender and simple possession of marijuana in Beaufort County.  Charleston County officials could not extradite Drayton until those charges had been addressed.

Drayton was convicted in 2005 of committing a lewd act on a child and ended his probation in 2008. According to the State Law Enforcement Divisions Sex Offender Registry website, Drayton has 10 aliases.

Drayton's rap sheet is extensive with convictions for forgery, drug possession and manufacturing drugs, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and a few armed robberies.

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