SALISBURY ---- A Newton Street man was charged with attempted murder this week after his girlfriend alleged he tried to suffocate her, according to police.
Jamari Donte Holland, 30, is also facing assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment charges.
The most serious of the charges, attempted first-degree murder, carries a maximum penalty of life in prison under state law.
He was being held on $150,000 bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center following a District Court bail review hearing on Wednesday.
When Holland was taken into custody on the current charges, he was also served with an arrest warrant for indecent exposure and trespass related to an incident that occurred in May 2009, according to court records. He was also being held on $10,000 bond related to those charges.
Salisbury officers were dispatched to Holland's home on Jan. 12 for a reported domestic assault.
The victim alleged Holland grabbed, pulled and twisted her leg while she was lying in the bed, according to charging documents. Then, he allegedly jumped on her and covered her face with a pillow. The victim also reported Holland hit her in the face when she tried to get away from him.
Her injuries included a bruised chest; however, she refused medical treatment, according to police.
Holland was not present when officers arrived; however, he contacted the victim while police were present, according to court documents.
"While speaking to (the victim), Holland sent several text messages to her including: 'I don't want to be around you if I have to hit you; What am I going to gain from killing you?; and You're not worth killing,' " Officer Justin Proctor of the Salisbury Police Department wrote in charging documents.
A District Court preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if there is probable cause for the charges, is scheduled for mid-February