Jury Sentences Clay County Man To Life In Prison

BOWLING GREEN, KY -- A Warren Circuit Court jury has sentenced to life in prison for 25 years without parole a Clay County man charged with killing two people.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty on the two counts of murder about six hours earlier Satuday before the penalty phase began. The sentence was decided about 8:45 last night central time. Final sentencing is scheduled for November 2 at 10 a.m.

The Bowling Green jury reached the unanimous verdict at 2:44 p.m. Central time in the trial of John Wayne Collins. Collins was accused of killing his first cousin, Steve Collins, in October of 2004 in the Roots Branch community of Clay County.

Collins was charged with Christa Gayle Wilson's death nearly a year later. Investigators say the two cases are connected.

Collins' trial was moved out of Clay County before Special Judge Tom Lewis. Collins could face the death penalty.


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  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 14, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Well, at least that is a start! 25 years in prison is NOTHING compared to the two lives he took! I wonder how many appeals he will file wasting more taxpayer's money? It's bad enough we have to pay for his upkeep for 25 yrs! He really deserves death just like he gave the two people he killed! Instead of spending 25 yrs with free room and board, free meals, free education, free gym access, and color TV! Some more PUNISHMENT! I know people who have done nothing wrong and don't have it that good! The justice system in America STINKS! We baby criminals and punish the victims and their families! Great system, huh?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    thank god!

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