SYCAMORE - Four days after the arrest, bond has still not been set for an Elgin man charged with first-degree attempted murder after a violent attack on a woman in Sycamore. His defense lawyer asked for a new judge in the case Wednesday.
The bond hearing was continued until Friday, during which a new judge will rule on the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s motion to increase bail for Tyler R. Palmer, 28, of the 2200 block of Colorado Avenue in Elgin. Palmer also is charged with aggravated domestic battery causing strangulation and unlawful restraint following an attack Sycamore police said they began investigating Nov. 5.
Sycamore-based attorney Michelle Dietrich, who’s representing Palmer in the case, appeared before DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Marcy Buick for a virtual hearing Wednesday. Palmer appeared via Zoom from the DeKalb County Jail, where he’s been since his arrest on Nov. 6.
The Wednesday hearing was meant to offer an opportunity for Buick to rule on the state’s attorney’s motion to deny bail for Palmer. DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke appeared to represent the request.
“I’ve filed a motion for substitution, requesting that this matter be substituted at this time,” said Dietrich to Buick, who granted the request.
Dietrich did not say why she asked for a different judge.
Chief Circuit Court Judge Bradley Waller on Wednesday appointed Circuit Court Judge Phillip Montgomery to instead take up the case at 8:45 a.m. Friday.
“The State’s only concern is that by statute our motion to deny bail must be heard within five days,” Locke said.
Palmer’s charges stem from an attack Sycamore police say occurred earlier this month after a woman was beaten and choked.
If convicted of the most serious crime, attempted first-degree murder, a Class X felony, Palmer could face up to 30 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
Palmer will remain held at the DeKalb County Jail on a no-bond warrant, filed initially by DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato.
According to DeKalb County court records, a DeKalb woman came into the lobby of the Sycamore Police Department on Nov. 5 and told police she’d been attacked by a man, allegedly Palmer. Police said they could see bruising on the left side of her face.
The woman told police she’d gotten into a verbal argument with Palmer, and it escalated after it turned physical, when he began to strike her in the face with a closed fist, records state.
The woman told police Palmer struck her in the head with an aluminum bottle and got on top of her, placing both arms around her neck and squeezing. The woman told officers she lost consciousness and came to later, with a pillow over her face. She said Palmer had allegedly attempted to tie her feet together with rope.
Records show Palmer has a history of domestic violence in DeKalb and Kane counties, including felony domestic battery and drug convictions.
He was convicted in 2019 in DeKalb County for aggravated domestic battery causing strangulation after a 2018 incident in DeKalb. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation, including 180 days in jail for the conviction, related to a Nov. 20, 2018 incident during which he pushed a DeKalb woman onto a bed and choked her, cutting off her breathing on her neck until she lost consciousness.
In Kane County, Palmer was convicted in December 2013 of attempting to foil a drug screening test and sentenced to two years in Illinois prison. In August 2013, he was convicted of felony domestic battery and sentenced to two years in prison. In October 2012, he was found convicted of felony aggravated battery and sentenced to two months in jail and two years probation. And in February 2021, he was sentenced in Kane County to 18 months probation for a misdemeanor domestic battery conviction.
Palmer also is the subject of several ongoing court hearings in DeKalb, records show, including Oct. 12, 2021 charges of misdemeanor battery. He’s charged with felony drug possession, manufacturing more than 30 but less than 500 grams of cannabis from cases in April and February of 2021. And on Nov. 12, 2020, he was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery.