Homicide charges were filed Wednesday against a man authorities say fatally stabbed another man after breaking down the door of a Fitchburg apartment a year after being granted early release from prison.
Bail was set at $310,000 for Dominique Hale, 25, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the Sept. 8 death of Willie Taylor, 39.
Hale, who was on parole at the time, also is charged with armed burglary and misdemeanor battery.
According to a criminal complaint:
Porsha Davis, a former girlfriend of Hale and friend of Taylor, told police that Taylor had come to her Greenway Cross apartment at about 4 a.m. to bring her cough medicine because she was sick.
Davis told police that Hale was obsessed with her and had been violent with her in the past and that she had a bad feeling about Taylor coming over. She said Hale was dominating and was not willing to let her go when she tried on numerous occasions to end their relationship.
After Taylor arrived, Hale began banging on her bedroom window and her door and calling her cellphone asking who was with her, she said.
After she and Taylor called 911, Davis said, Hale began kicking the apartment door. After trying to kick in a patio door, Hale returned to the chained front door and kicked it in as Taylor and Davis tried to hold it closed.
Hale then went after Taylor, who fell backward. Taylor was unable to defend himself because of a physical disability.
Taylor made it out of the apartment to the front sidewalk, where Hale struck him and "knocked him out," said Davis, who saw Hale making slashing motions over Taylor and heard him yell repeatedly, "I'm going to kill you."
Davis, who also was cut, said Hale chased and threatened her.
Dane County Medical Examiner Vincent Tranchida found Taylor suffered a fatal stab wound to the chest.
Michelle Homesly, who said she and Taylor had been together for 12 years and have two children ages 10 and 11, tried to address Hale during his court appearance.
Afterward, she said it was "heartbreaking" that Hale had been released from prison early after being convicted of kidnapping, battery, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.
Hale was arrested for allegedly firing gunshots inside Frida, a former State Street restaurant and night club, on Jan. 1, but his parole was not revoked because the case could not be proved. Those charges were dropped, and Hale was released from Dane County Jail in June.