By Rosemary Regina Sobol and Carlos Sadovi
2:54 PM CDT, May 15, 2014
A judge set bail today at $1 million for a man accused in the strangulation of his 26-year-old girlfriend, authorities said.
Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set the bail for Daniel Kralik, 31, of the 2200 block of West Iowa Street, during a midday hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building.
According to prosecutors, Kralik and Victoria A. McManus, of the 1200 block of North Rockwell Street, had been dating for about two years and lived together in McManus home for the last two months, said Steve Campbell, a spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
About two weeks ago the McManus and Kralik had a fight after McManus began a relationship with another man, said Campbell. After Kralik had agreed to move out of McManus' home and stay with other friends, the two reconciled and Kralik stayed at the home.
On Tuesday, the two began arguing and Kralik was supposed to leave the home and stay with friends until, "he cooled off," Campbell said.
But Kralik remained at the home he shared with McManus and a roommate. Later in the evening after McManus returned to her home the couple began arguing in their bedroom.
During the argument Kralik allegedly strangled McManus using his hands, Campbell said. The roommate heard a muffled argument and a brief struggle, Campbell said.
Kralik allegedly admitted to the incident to witnesses and called 911 and admitted he argued with the woman before, "strangling her to death."
When police arrived they found the woman on her bed with an abrasion to her forehead and a pillow covering her face, said Campbell.
McManus was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Kralik was arrested on the scene and was charged with murder after he admitted to fatally injuring the woman in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood during a domestic-related incident, according to police.
An autopsy Wednesday determined McManus died of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
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