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$1M bond for man charged with strangling girlfriend

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Authorities investigate after a woman was strangled by her boyfriend on the West Side early Wednesday, police said. / photo from Network Video Productions Authorities investigate after a woman was strangled by her boyfriend on the West Side early Wednesday, police said. / photo from Network Video Productions
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Daniel Kralik was ordered held on $1 million bond Wednesday for allegedly strangling his girlfriend in her Humboldt Park apartment early Wednesday with her roommate in another room, Homicide Watch is reporting.

Kralik, 31, had been dating Victoria McManus for two years, and the couple had been living together for the past two months at her home in the 1200 block of South Rockwell Street, Assistant State’s Attorney Alexandra Molesky said.

Two weeks ago, the couple got into a fight because McManus, 26, had a relationship with another man, Molesky said. Kralik initially planned to move out and stay with friends, but the couple reconciled and continued living together.

On Tuesday, the couple got into another fight at McManus’ apartment, authorities said. McManus left her residence while Kralik stayed at friend’s place until he “cooled off,” Molesky said.

Instead, Kralik stayed at McManus’ apartment and when she returned home the couple got into another argument in her bedroom, Molesky said. During the argument, Kralik allegedly strangled McManus with his hands.

The roommate heard the muffled sounds of an argument and a brief struggle, Molesky said.

Kralik called 911 and admitted that he strangled McManus after an argument, Molesky said. Police responded about 12:50 a.m. and arrested Kralik, authorities said. McManus was declared dead at the scene.

McManus was found lying on her bed with an abrasion on her forehead and a pillow covering her face, Molesky said. An autopsy confirmed McManus died of strangulation, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Kralik appeared in court wearing Thursday a white plastic jumpsuit because his clothes were taken as evidence. Judge Adam Bourgeois ordered Kralik held on $1 million bond and issued a next court date of June 4.

Kralik, whose parents live in Montana, had been working at an aquarium and fish store and has no criminal history, his public defender said. Police listed his address as the 2200 block of West Iowa Street.

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