Public Safety

Woman charged with killing boyfriend is back in jail after getting bail reduced

She will have another bond review hearing Thursday

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids woman, charged with killing her boyfriend, is back in jail Wednesday after a judge lowered her bail over half a million dollars and she was released Tuesday pending trial.

Jacqueline Holmes, 36, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Tremaine Williams, 35, on March 4, bailed out Tuesday and violated the terms of her pretrial release later that night by going to where a witness lives.

Cedar Rapids police responded twice to the residence of Phillip Rogers, a witness, at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday and 1:24 a.m. Wednesday, Assistant Linn County Attorney Jordan Schier said.

Neighbors apparently made disturbance calls about people yelling and screaming outside Rogers’ home in the 700 block of Eighth Avenue SW.

The first time officers responded, Holmes was intoxicated and was arguing with another woman, and the second time involved Holmes arguing with Rogers, Schier said.

Police didn’t arrest Holmes and apparently didn’t know she had been charged with killing Williams and was on pretrial release.

According to 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady’s order, Holmes was released under the supervision of the 6th Judicial Department of Correctional Services. The conditions of her release included no drinking and no contact with Rogers and other state witnesses.

Williams was fatally stabbed after Holmes had been playing cards and drinking with Rogers and others at his home, according to court documents. Police arrived about 4:25 a.m. and found Holmes sitting over the “bloodied” body of Williams, who was taken to the hospital and died an hour later.

Grady, who heard the defense’s argument to lower Holmes’ bail last month, on Monday lowered Holmes’ bail from $750,000 to $25,000, and allowed Holmes to pay 10 percent — $2,500 — to a court clerk, which she did Tuesday.

Assistant County Attorney Schier argued for leaving the bail at $750,000, based on the nature of the crime and because Holmes faces a potential life sentence.

Grady admitted to finding probable cause that Holmes committed the crime when she was charged, but he added that a $750,000 cash-only bail was the “practical equivalent” of no bail at all.

Schier told The Gazette on Tuesday he was “shocked” by the bail being reduced by more than half a million dollars.

Schier said Williams’ family was upset about the bail reduction and worried about what could happen if Holmes was out of jail.

Schier said Wednesday he will ask Grady to increase Holmes bail to $1 million cash only, which is the standard amount prosecutors request in homicide cases.

A bond review hearing is set for Thursday in Linn County District Court.

Holmes has previous convictions for child endangerment, drunken driving, operate vehicle without consent, disorderly conduct, theft in Linn, Johnson and Jones counties, and public intoxication, according to court records. She also has had probation violations, and her pretrial release was revoked in the 2017 child endangerment case.

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