After prosecutors accused Adam Davis of shooting another resident of his South Loop high-rise two months ago, Judge Barbara Dawkins let him go home on electronic monitoring with just $1,000 as a bail deposit.
Davis was back in bond court on Thursday to answer allegations he choked his girlfriend for two hours and threatened to kill her just one month after Dawkins sent him home. At one point, he allegedly told the woman that, since the attack would result in him being sent back to jail, “it’d better be worth it.”
Judge Maryam Ahmad, who presided over the bond hearing on Thursday, was not nearly as accommodating as his previous judge.
Prosecutors said the assault took place on April 14, exactly one month after Davis was charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 52-year-old man in a common area of their high-rise on the 1200 block of South Michigan.
Davis grabbed his girlfriend by her neck and slammed her into the floor and a wall, causing three holes in the wall, Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly said.
He punched the woman one or two times, kicked her in the back, causing her and the child she was carrying to fall, and then threatened to kill her while choking her over the course of two hours, Kelly continued.
Police arrested him Wednesday. He is charged with aggravated domestic battery by strangling.
But Assistant Public Defender Suzin Farber pointed out that police did not note any visible injuries to the woman in their report.
“What piques the court’s attention immediately in this case is the allegation of choking, which is extremely serious and concerning in a domestic relationship,” Ahmad Said.
“The victim contends, according to the people, that she thought the defendant was going to kill her. The court weighs that heavily,” the judge continued.
She then ordered Davis held without bail for violating his bond in the shooting case. Ahmad set bail for the new allegations at $350,000, which requires a $35,000 deposit.
Should Davis become eligible for release, he must go on electronic monitoring again with a GPS tracker, Ahmad said.
In March, prosecutors said Davis shot another resident of his building when the victim confronted him in a hallway and accused him of stealing his car.
According to the allegations, a 52-year-old man and his 44-year-old brother crossed paths with Davis in the rear doorway to the building on the 1200 block of South Michigan around 2:56 p.m. on March 14.
The older man believed Davis previously stole his car and he asked Davis about it during the encounter, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said in March. As the man walked toward Davis in the building’s entry hall, Davis allegedly reached toward his waistband to retrieve a gun.
The 52-year-old hit Davis in self-defense as Davis moved backward with the gun in his hand, Kalliantasis continued. They struggled for the gun and a shot rang out, which drew the attention of the 44-year-old who was still outside the building.
He joined the brawl and eventually disarmed Davis, Kalliantasis said. But the fight continued. Police arrived within a couple of minutes and took Davis into custody.
Kalliantasis said Davis received a graze wound to his leg. The older victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, and his brother broke a thumb and a toe during the fight.
He is charged with felony aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and four felony gun counts in that case, according to court records.