Bail denied in death of bail bondswoman

The man charged with the murder Monday of a bail bondswoman in Columbia was denied bail Thursday, prosecutors said.

A Howard County District Court judge ordered Dominique Davon McDonald, 21, held without bail after a deputy state's attorney argued he posed a flight risk, citing a pending firearm case and a prior conviction for assault with a firearm.

According to court records, McDonald was on probation and had recently been released from jail on bond in two cases when he was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of Nichole Bernadette McNair, 42, in the village of Long Reach.

When police arrived on the scene of the shooting, a BMW sport utility vehicle with the vanity license plate "BAILADY" was running, parked in front of the 8800 block of Hayshed Lane, according to charging documents.

On the dashboard of the vehicle, investigators found a receipt book for McNair's bail bonds business, records show. A receipt with Monday's date listed a $350 payment received from McDonald. The receipt also showed an outstanding balance of $1,000 was owed by McDonald.

The paperwork also listed a phone number for McDonald. His cell provider, Sprint Nextel, gave investigators the geographic coordinates of McDonald's phone, around the 8800 block of Tamar Drive.

Police watched the area until McDonald was spotted and apprehended, the charging documents state. In a basement common area of a nearby apartment building, where McDonald told police he was staying, investigators found a cell phone and a .40-caliber handgun.

McDonald was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault, Howard County police said.

His last arrest was in September. McDonald was found in the parking lot of Long Reach High School about 2 a.m. Sept. 2, and found a loaded Luger assault pistol in his backpack, police said. He was charged with handgun violations, having a weapon on school grounds, trespassing and related counts. Bail was set at $20,000, and he was released on bond.

Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this article.

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