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‘Couldn’t believe that she was conscious’: Cahokia man charged with attempted murder of girlfriend

Mark Marti
Mark Marti

A Cahokia man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly choking his girlfriend, beating her and holding her against her will.

Mark A. Marti, 41, was charged with one count attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated domestic battery, one count of domestic battery-subsequent offense, and unlawful restraint.

“The victim was in real fear for her life when she called 911,” said Cahokia Police Lt. Dennis Plew.

Alicia Rhodes, the girlfriend, was in critical condition Wednesday at an intensive care unit in at an undisclosed hospital, Plew said.

Cahokia police received a 911 call from the woman on Sunday about 11 p.m. When police arrived, they found Rhodes, covered with bruises, at a neighbor’s house, Plew said.

“I couldn’t believe that she was conscious,” Plew said.

Marti is accused of choking Alicia Rhodes “without lawful justification and with the intent to kill Alicia Rhodes.” He is also accused of beating Rhodes in the head, causing cranial hemorrhaging. He is also accused of preventing Rhodes from leaving her house on Calvin Drive in Cahokia.

In 2008, Marti pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery and was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for pushing his mother to the floor. His mother, Sandra Muegler, wrote filled out a petition asking for a court order to keep Marti away. She wrote that in February 2011, Marti choked her during an argument and threatened to kill her.

“Then he choked me and was asking, while me being choked, ‘How do you like the choke? Can’t breathe, can you?” Muegler wrote.

Muegler received the court order, barring Marti from contact. That order remained in effect as of Wednesday.

Last month, Kenneth Marti, Mark Marti’s brother, requested an order of protection to keep Mark Marti away from him.

“Yesterday, police showed up three times,” Kenneth Marti wrote in his request for a court order. “I’m tired of abuse from a drunk in my house and beating on me.”

Kenneth Marti did not appear in court, so the emergency order was allowed to expire.

Mark Marti was being held Wednesday in St. Clair County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Cahokia Police investigated the new case. St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Fischer of the Special Victims Unit will prosecute the case.

If convicted of attempted murder, Mark Marti could face between four and 15 years in prison.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer