Kathleen teenager indicted on murder, related charges in sister’s slaying

PERRY -- A Kathleen teenager has been indicted on murder charges in the slaying of her younger sister.

Carmen Collins, 17, was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a crime and arson. It was one of two unrelated murder indictments a Houston County grand jury returned Tuesday.

Collins is accused of shooting her 12-year-old sister, India Ja’Nai Collins, multiple times in their home July 3 before setting a fire inside and fleeing to Columbus in a family car with the family dog. She was arrested July 5 in Columbus.

Houston County Public Defender Nick White, who is representing Collins, has said he has information he believes may exonerate her but has declined to elaborate. Collins says she is innocent and denies shooting her sister, White said.

She is being held without bond in the Houston County jail. A bond hearing was postponed to give White time to find a place for Collins to stay should bond be granted. White said Wednesday he has not been able to find a suitable location yet.

Man indicted in alleged beating death

In an unrelated case, Robert Lee Gill, 44, was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault in the June 18 death of 41-year-old Terry Lynn Carson.

Gill is accused of beating Carson in the head with a board as well as kicking him in the head, the indictment stated.

Gill and Carson were fighting in the parking lot of Cascade International on Industrial Park Boulevard., Warner Robins, when Gill allegedly struck Carson.

The men worked together as contractors on Robins Air Force Base and had a long-standing dispute, police said. The men had left the base and pulled into the parking lot of Cascade International and started fighting.

Gill is being held in the Houston County jail without bond.

White, who is representing Gill, could not be reached for additional comment.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.