A former Georgia Congressional candidate who touted “responsible” gun regulation is now facing charges for the murder of her campaign treasurer.
Kellie Lynn Collins, who ran as a Democrat in Georgia’s 10th congressional district, turned herself into the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office after Curtis Cain’s body was found in his Aiken County apartment, WJBF-TV reported.
Collins is behind bars just one year after stating that we need to “shield the community from the effects of firearms falling into the wrong hands.”
Cain did not show up to work at Swiss Krono after 14 years on the job, raising suspicions that something was wrong, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s office. The 41-year-old was found fatally shot in his South Carolina apartment by authorities on Tuesday, the Augusta Chronicle reported.
The victim was believed to have died on Saturday, four days before he was found, according to the coroner.
Cain’s blue Subaru Legacy missing as well, adding Grand Larceny to the murder charge facing Collins, who dropped out of the race before the Democratic primary.
“I didn’t think anything like this could happen,” Collins’ former campaign manager, Clayborn Thigpen, told the Chronicle, saying he hadn’t spoken to them in a few months. Captain Eric Abdullah told The State newspaper that the pair had been living together, and it’s possible they had gotten married.
According to WJBF:
Collins’ website, kellieforcongress.com, no longer exists, but when it did, Online Athens says the democratic candidate was described as an entrepreneur whose work included some modeling. The website also touted her platforms of supporting a federally mandated minimum wage and stricter tax laws for corporations.
Given recent events, the most eyebrow-raising stance from Collins was her support for responsible gun regulation to protect the community.
In 2017, Collins ran as a democrat against the incumbent congressman, republican Jody Hice for Georgia’s 10th district. She left the race before qualifying telling Athens newspaper, The Red & Black, she was dropping out for personal reasons.
During her campaign for Congress, Collins had reportedly told an online blog called Girls Really Rule, that she would “practice what I preach and be a proponent of public policies that benefit the community as a whole.”
“When your friends and family are depending on you to make ethical decisions that affect their lives for many years a member of Congress should hold her or himself to a much higher standard than the bare minimum that many GOP members are currently using as a benchmark,” she had said.
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