Friday, July 27, 2012

Father who shot daughter freed on $500K bail

Hillsboro – E.O. Collins, who admitted to Hill County deputies that he took a shot in the dark with his 12-gauge when he heard his daughter scream, gained his release at 5 p.m. today when a Dallas bonding agency underwrote the surety on a $500,000 bond.

Charged with murder, Mr. Collins told lawmen that he heard the girl's scream after a wild flight into the woodsy area of his family property's fence line as he and his children fled intruders with flashlights.

Terrified, Mr. Collins assumed they had come to do him harm.

When he saw the reflection of the flashlights approaching, he ordered his two sons and a 15-year-old daughter to retreat.

His daughter screamed in the dark; Mr. Collins fired in that direction, and he found the child dead, facedown, a shotgun blast to her back having killed her.

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