Police Charge Man in Long Reach Shooting Death of Bail Bondswoman

Dominique Davon McDonald is charged in the Monday fatal shooting of Nichole McNair, the third homicide in recent months in Columbia.

Howard County police have charged a 21-year-old Columbia man in the who police say was trying to collect bond money from him.

Dominique Davon McDonald, whose last known address was 9761 Clocktower Lane, was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of Nichole McNair.

McNair’s slaying was the third homicide of the year in Columbia. On Tuesday, of no fixed address, fatally stabbed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Harper’s Farm Road after receiving a 911 call at around 4:30 p.m.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn declined to release the 911 tapes in either homicide case this week, saying they were both open investigations.

Investigators said they believe McDonald arranged to meet McNair on Hayshed Lane to make a payment for a recent bail charge.

McNair was working as a bail bondswoman, though it was unclear what company she was representing.

On her MySpace page, she said she worked for Platinum Bailbonds, but an employee who answered the phone there Wednesday said McNair was not an employee.

Police received multiple calls to 911 Monday night from the Hayshed Lane area reporting at least one gun shot around 10 p.m.

Officers responded and found McNair in the parking lot of an apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound.

She was transported to in critical condition and later died, according to a press release.

McNair’s car was found at the scene, still running.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a man in a hooded jacket running from the scene.

Detectives searched McNair’s car and found paperwork indicating she was collecting a payment from McDonald.

Police said a search of the woods near the crime scene uncovered a cell phone that belonged to McNair and the back piece of a Samsung cell phone that was later determined to belong to McDonald.

Detectives said they then learned that McDonald had been staying in an apartment building in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive. They went to that location and observed McDonald leaving the building.

He was stopped by police and was in possession of the other half of the Samsung phone, police said.

Investigators said they searched the building and found a jacket with a hood and a loaded handgun, both in a common area in the basement of the building.

McDonald was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-and second-degree assault. He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $2 million bond.

JH September 14, 2011 at 05:10 PM
This is not the Columbia that Rouse envisioned. Call your elected officials and ask them what exactly they are doing to stop the inflow of criminals (and those who have no respect for our laws or community). Don't tolerate it or leaders that say that cannot do anything to stop it.
Christina Lucara September 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
I moved to Columbia in February for the safety, culture and quality of life that Columbia has (or had) to offer. Two crimes this week (36 yr old man weilding knife outside of McDonalds in Harpers Choice & the man stabbed yesterday off Harpers Farm Rd) happened within feet of my neighborhood. I moved from PG county for a reason, most importantly for the safety and quality of life for my small child, but I'm starting to wonder if Columbia was the right choice.
Brook Hubbard September 14, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I'd like to know more about the background on this suspect. Obviously he has a long criminal history, so what are the chances he was a legitimate, tax-paying, full rent/mortgage-paying member of our community? Or was he put in some halfway house or government assistance program, thrown into our neighborhoods, and let loose without a care? It's time for the community to step up and get rid of the leadership that allows this to happen. There must be legal ways we can block these programs, whether it's fighting on the State level or electing representatives that stop landlords from participating in these programs.
D. Johnson September 14, 2011 at 06:19 PM
As a home owner in that very complex this killing has really unnerved me. I've lived in Columbia for 11 years now and have seen the area that was once vibrant and active turn into a breeding ground for public assistance housing. May this young lady rest in peace and may this animal who killed her get the justice he deserves. He took away someone's mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Andrew Kanicki September 14, 2011 at 06:21 PM
I agree 100% with JH. The section 8 element is a drain on our community and resources.
Brook Hubbard September 14, 2011 at 07:01 PM
http://www.ehow.com/how_7857182_stop-section-8-neighborhood.html We need to take this to our village leadership and HOAs. Unfortunately, we can't target Section 8 directly... but we can make sure the by-laws and regulations make it hard to maintain Section 8 (or other low-income) rentals. In addition, we can talk to the housing authority to determine requirements and then make sure the requirements are being met. Maybe we can drive out those who are abusing or misusing the system. Finally, if worse comes to worse, it seems you can file litigation against neighbors who are a constant disturbance. If police cannot remove the element, then we can apparently sue it. Now is the time to step up to the plate. Find out when your Village Association meetings are being held. Voice your concerns and start moving your neighborhood to heavy restrictions and regulations that will drive this element from our community.
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