Columbia man convicted of murder of bondswoman

A 23-year-old Columbia man was convicted of second-degree murder in Howard County Circuit Court Wednesday evening in the 2011 shooting of a bail bondswoman, according to State's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

After seven hours of deliberation by the jury, Dominique Davon McDonald, of the 9700 block of Clocktower Lane, was found guilty in the September 2011 shooting death of Nicole Bernadette McNair, who Howard County police believe arranged to meet with McDonald to collect bail he owed.

According to police, McNair, of Baltimore, was found on the evening of Sept. 12, 2011 in the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane in Columbia with a single gun shot wound to the chest. 

McNair died later that evening after being transported to Howard County General Hospital, Kirwan said. 

In McNair's car, which was nearby when police found her, investigators found evidence linking McDonald to the incident, police said.

During the trial, the prosecution pointed to other evidence linking McDonald to the crime, including a gun recovered in the basement of the building where McDonald was staying. 

McDonald, who could face up to 55 years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 19. 

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