Perry Co. attempted murder case handed to grand jury

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

One man’s fate will be in the hands of others in a Perry County attempted murder case.

Bill Collins, 32, of Red Fox, has been accused of shooting at and trying to kill an ex-girlfriend in the Hazard Village shopping center on Feb. 9. The case has been handed over to the Perry County Grand Jury after a court appearance on Feb. 21.

Officials said six shots were fired with a revolver. Deputy Chief Joe Engle of the Hazard Police Department said after forensic testing and looking at the trajectory of the bullets “it was apparent he was trying to take her life.”

Engle said the situation ended up fortunate in the fact that no one was hurt.

“Luckily the hours of the day it was late into the night so there was not anybody out there, the parking lot was pretty much vacant,” said Engle.

Engle said he thought the empty lot cut down a lot on the risk of anyone else getting injured.
“That's a bad situation when you have somebody firing live rounds into a vehicle in a public place like that,” said Engle.

Collins is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He also faces charges from Knott County including illegal use of a motor vehicle and theft by unlawful taking. His bond from those charges is $10,000 cash.

The jury will have until Apr. 21 to formally indict Collins or he will be released from jail.

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