During the trial, prosecutors explained how McDonald, of Columbia, shot and killed McNair, 42, as she was parked at an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Harper's Farm Road. Prior to the shooting, McDonald arranged to meet McNair to pay back part of the portion of the bail money he owed her.
When she showed up, McDonald shot her with a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson inside her car. Prosecutors later linked DNA evidence found on the murder weapon to McDonald as well as a cell phone back found at the scene to a cell phone found on McDonald.
"I don't know why Dominique McDonald murdered Nicole McNair," said prosecutor Ned Curry, during the trial. "I think it was because he owed her money. But that doesn't change the fact he shot her in the chest."
McDonald addressed the court at his sentencing hearing, saying he agreed with the state's attorney that, "I shouldn't be out on the streets," according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesperson for the state's attorney's office.
McNair's daughter read from a victim impact statement saying that McDonald "took away the most important woman in my life," according to Kirwan.