DECATUR — A Decatur man accused of the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend pleaded not guilty to multiple charges during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Jamale L. Rice, 27, was also charged with stalking, domestic battery with a prior, telephone harassment and criminal damage to property during his June 15 arraignment, according to Macon County court records.
Rice's pretrial has been scheduled for Aug. 22. Karen Root, Rice's lawyer, was not immediately available to comment on the case.
A signed police affidavit said in the weeks leading up to the attempted murder, Rice made several threatening phone calls to the victim and her family.
He told the victim's mother and cousin that he would kill them unless the victim started talking to him again, the affidavit said. The affidavit said that Rice also told the cousin that he would damage her car if the victim did not contact him.
Between May 15 and 16, tires on the cousin's car were slashed and flattened, the affidavit said.
On June 7, the victim told police that Rice punched her and choked her during an incident in the 3000 block of Southern Hills Drive. The affidavit said that Rice became "extremely angry" after the victim told him that she wanted to end their relationship.
Rice choked the victim until the passed out, the affidavit said. When she came to, the victim told police that she asked Rice why he didn't kill her. He told her he had "just tried," the affidavit said.
Rice remains in Macon County Jail on $250,000 bond.