A New York landlord who confessed to killing two of his tenants and his own girlfriend was handcuffed in court after being held at Rikers Island.

David Daniel, 54, was seen cuffed at his hearing in Queens Criminal Court just days after he killed three people and immediately confessed. 

He is facing charges of both first and second-degree murder over the deaths of his girlfriend Coleen Fields, 51, and tenants Wayne Thomas, 57, and Evette Sweeney, 55. 

After being held in jail at Rikers Island for the past three days – Daniel attended court on Friday for his hearing where Judge Novillo ordered him to return on December 2 for a grand jury trial.

Exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the killer wearing a blue surgical mask over his chin and a head-to-toe brown outfit as he was escorted by a security guard into the courtroom. 

David Daniel, 54, was seen cuffed at his hearing in Queens Criminal Court just days after he killed three people and immediately confessed

David Daniel, 54, was seen cuffed at his hearing in Queens Criminal Court just days after he killed three people and immediately confessed

David Daniel, 54, was seen cuffed at his hearing in Queens Criminal Court just days after he killed three people and immediately confessed

After being held in jail at Rikers Island for the past three days - Daniel attended court on Friday for his hearing where Judge Novillo ordered him to return on December 2 for a grand jury trial

After being held in jail at Rikers Island for the past three days - Daniel attended court on Friday for his hearing where Judge Novillo ordered him to return on December 2 for a grand jury trial

After being held in jail at Rikers Island for the past three days – Daniel attended court on Friday for his hearing where Judge Novillo ordered him to return on December 2 for a grand jury trial 

Exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the killer wearing a blue surgical mask over his chin and a head-to-toe brown outfit as he was escorted by a security guard into the courtroom

Exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the killer wearing a blue surgical mask over his chin and a head-to-toe brown outfit as he was escorted by a security guard into the courtroom

Exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the killer wearing a blue surgical mask over his chin and a head-to-toe brown outfit as he was escorted by a security guard into the courtroom

There has been no formal plea yet – but Daniel confessed to the triple stabbing soon after the crime took place.

He told cops on Tuesday he was ‘having issues with his tenants’ and that ‘he did something bad.’ 

He confessed ‘that he had problems with his girlfriend and that the two [tenants] in the basement had not been paying their rent.’

On Wednesday, a reporter from The New York Post asked Daniel ‘Why did you do it?’ as people crowded around the suspect – who was seen wearing a suit presumable to stop him from hurting himself. 

‘A lot of pressure,’ he answered, in a similar manner to the one that yesterday, during his confession, had left officers perplexed.

‘Did you say a lot of pressure?’ they asked again, shortly before the suspect was shoved into a squad car that brought him to a hearing elsewhere in Queens.

‘Yeah,’ he replied in a relaxed tone before he was taken away. ‘Pure pressure.’

He is facing charges of both first - and second-degree murder for the murders of his girlfriend Coleen Fields, 51, and tenants Wayne Thomas, 57, and Evette Sweeney, 55

He is facing charges of both first - and second-degree murder for the murders of his girlfriend Coleen Fields, 51, and tenants Wayne Thomas, 57, and Evette Sweeney, 55

He is facing charges of both first – and second-degree murder for the murders of his girlfriend Coleen Fields, 51, and tenants Wayne Thomas, 57, and Evette Sweeney, 55

There has been no formal plea yet - but Daniel confessed to the triple stabbing soon after the crime took place

There has been no formal plea yet - but Daniel confessed to the triple stabbing soon after the crime took place

There has been no formal plea yet – but Daniel confessed to the triple stabbing soon after the crime took place

He maintained a sense of calm given the circumstances, giving cops the address of his Milburn Street home that he for the past few years had been living and also renting out, before coyly telling them that ‘he left the backdoor open.’ 

Two of the victims, Sweeney and Thomas, were then discovered in the single-family unit’s basement, while Fields – confirmed Wednesday to be Daniel’s live-in girl – was in a room upstairs.

All were stabbed multiple times, and all were pronounced dead at the scene. Daniel’s live-in girlfriend was found with her throat slashed and several unspecified stab wounds.

Daniel appeared less calm at his arraignment hearing at the Queens Criminal Court – where he broke down in tears as a judge read off the charges he was facing.

Seen with bloodshot eyes and still in the boiler suit, he was told that he faces charges of both first- and second-degree murder – as well as criminal possession of a weapon – in connection with the slaying.

During Daniel's alleged confession, he told cops 'that he had [been having] problems with his girlfriend and that the two [people] in the basement had not been paying their rent'. He's currently being held on charges of first- and second-degree murder

During Daniel's alleged confession, he told cops 'that he had [been having] problems with his girlfriend and that the two [people] in the basement had not been paying their rent'. He's currently being held on charges of first- and second-degree murder

During Daniel’s alleged confession, he told cops ‘that he had [been having] problems with his girlfriend and that the two [people] in the basement had not been paying their rent’. He’s currently being held on charges of first- and second-degree murder

David Daniel, 54, was seen hanging his head while wearing a boiler suit as he was walked outside Queen's 113th Precinct, and currently is facing charges or both first- and second-degree murder

David Daniel, 54, was seen hanging his head while wearing a boiler suit as he was walked outside Queen's 113th Precinct, and currently is facing charges or both first- and second-degree murder

 David Daniel, 54, was seen hanging his head while wearing a boiler suit as he was walked outside Queen’s 113th Precinct, and currently is facing charges or both first- and second-degree murder

Given the extent of his crimes, he is being held without bail, a day after he turned himself in to confess, and after cops said he may have been motivated by a rent dispute that dates back to the pandemic

Given the extent of his crimes, he is being held without bail, a day after he turned himself in to confess, and after cops said he may have been motivated by a rent dispute that dates back to the pandemic

Given the extent of his crimes, he is being held without bail, a day after he turned himself in to confess, and after cops said he may have been motivated by a rent dispute that dates back to the pandemic

The triple stabbing happened in the St. Albans section of Queens sometime before 7am, and left two women, ages 51 and 55, and one 57-year-old man dead

The triple stabbing happened in the St. Albans section of Queens sometime before 7am, and left two women, ages 51 and 55, and one 57-year-old man dead

The triple stabbing happened in the St. Albans section of Queens sometime before 7am, and left two women, ages 51 and 55, and one 57-year-old man dead

Daniel's live-in girlfriend, was found in a second-floor bedroom with her throat slashed and multiple stab wounds, cops said

Daniel's live-in girlfriend, was found in a second-floor bedroom with her throat slashed and multiple stab wounds, cops said

Daniel’s live-in girlfriend, was found in a second-floor bedroom with her throat slashed and multiple stab wounds, cops said

He was held without bail because of the extent of his crimes and taken to Rikers Island to be held until his trial.

NYPD Assistant Chief Kevin Williams recalled Daniel’s bizarre state of mind after he committed the killing. 

After he confessed – police proceeded to descend on the single-family, three bedroom home that Daniel had given them the address to at around 7:16am, where they found the bodies and pronounced all dead.

During Daniel’s alleged confession, he told cops ‘that he had [been having] problems with his girlfriend and that the two [people] in the basement had not been paying their rent,’ Det. Kenny said. 

Several law enforcement sources have since confirmed the suspect’s account – revealing Wednesday the two tenants had not paid rent since the start of the COVID pandemic, though some months have since been repaid.

A reneging on those repayments may have spurred the stabbing, one insider told The Daily News, as several neighbors – and relatives – offered insight into the landlord’s personal life and possible state of mind before the murders.

One person who spoke to The New York Times said that Daniel periodically cut his neighbors’ grass often stopped to say a hello.

‘It was a shock,’ the woman said, telling the paper she had lived across the street from the house David owns for 20 years.

Another neighbor told DailyMail.com that Daniel had lived at the residence for at least two years, and that he saw him outside just last week blowing leaves.

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