Columbia trial begins in shooting death of bondswoman

By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com6:40 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2013

The trial of a 23-year-old Columbia man accused in the 2011 fatal shooting of a bail bondswoman in Long Reach began this week in Howard County Circuit Court, according to State’s Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

On Monday, April 22, jury selection began in the trial of Dominique Davon McDonald, of the 9700 block of Clocktower Lane.

McDonald faces a first-degree murder charge in the September 2011 shooting of Nicole Bernadette McNair, of Baltimore. Police responded to the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane in the late-evening of Sept. 12 and found McNair wounded. She was transported to Howard County General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Howard County Police said evidence showed McNair was scheduled to meet McDonald that day to exchange bond money owed to her.

At opening statements on Tuesday, the prosecution said DNA evidence and the back of a cell phone recovered at the crime scene linked McDonald to the crime, Kirwan said. When McDonald was arrested by police, the back of his cell phone was missing, Kirwan said.

The prosecution also said an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms official will testify the gun recovered from the basement of a building in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive where McDonald was staying matches casings found at the scene, Kirwan said.

The defense attorney told the jury McDonald was innocent, Kirwan said.

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