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Tennessee man charged with attempted murder at Schaumburg hotel

Steven A. McCarty

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By Daily Herald report

A 33-year-old Tennessee man remained behind bars Tuesday after his weekend arrest on allegations he tried to strangle his girlfriend to death in a Schaumburg hotel room.

Steven A. McCarty, of Bristol, Tenn., faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated domestic battery stemming from the alleged attack Saturday morning in the 900 block of Woodfield Office Court.

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Schaumburg police responded to the hotel after receiving a 911 call about 6:30 a.m. from a woman screaming for help, Sgt. John Nebl said. Officers arrived and began questioning McCarty and his 21-year-old girlfriend, also a resident of Tennessee.

Nebl said officers determined McCarty first strangled the woman with his hands until she fell unconscious. He then tied a belt around her neck to strangle her further and attempted to smother her with a pillow before she called for help, Nebl said.

It is not known what precipitated the attack other than a domestic dispute, he added. The woman was treated for injuries at the scene but declined transport to a hospital.

The couple was in Northwest suburbs for a business trip, Nebl said.

McCarty, who is being held at the Cook County jail on $350,000 bond, would face a minimum six to 30 years in prison if found guilty of attempted first-degree murder. Aggravated domestic battery carries a maximum sentence of two to five years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 4 in Rolling Meadows.

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