$100,000 bond set for man accused of putting girlfriend in coma


An Augusta man suspected of pushing his girlfriend out of a moving vehicle was granted $100,000 bond Friday.


Jerome A. Davis, 29, was arrested Jan. 3 on a charge of aggravated battery. Assistant District Attorney Stetson Cromer said Davis’ mother took Toniesha Hunter to an Aiken hospital on Aug. 30. She has numerous abrasions that were suspected to be road rash, and fractured bones, including a skull fracture. Hunter was transferred to the AU Medical Center where she remained in a coma for three weeks, Cromer said.

After Richmond County Sheriff investigators were told Hunter was injured when Davis pushed her out of a moving vehicle, officers searched her vehicle parked outside of Davis’ home, Cromer said. Although the passenger side had been washed, blood was found in a wheel well and inside the vehicle, Cromer said.

Defense attorney Keith Johnson countered that it would be impossible for Davis to have pushed Hunter from a vehicle while he was driving. Hunter also provided a written statement that Davis did not hurt her, Johnson said. Hunter was with Davis when he was arrested Jan. 3, and she is paying for his defense, Johnson said.

Davis has a pending family violence battery charge. He has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County State Court. In that case he is accused of repeatedly punching Hunter in the face and stomach on Oct. 3, 2016. He is free on a $2,000 bond in that case.

Judge Ashley Wright set bond for Davis Friday in Richmond County Superior Court on the condition he have no contact with Hunter. She also ordered electronic monitoring as a condition of bond.

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