A former Georgia Congressional candidate who supported “responsible” gun control is now being charged with murder, local news affiliate WSB-TV reports.
Kellie Collins, who ran as a Democrat in 2017 to represent Georgia’s 10th District, is accused of fatally shooting her former campaign treasurer Curtis Cain.
Authorities at the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office say that Collins turned herself in after Cain’s body was found in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Police went to Cain’s home for a wellness visit after he did not show up for work on Tuesday. Upon arriving, investigators say that Cain was dead from an apparent gunshot wound. His body had been there for at least four days, according to the coroner. The man’s Subaru Legacy was also missing.
Police suspect that Collins took the vehicle. Along with murder, she’s being charged with grand larceny.
During her stint as a congressional candidate, Collins said more needed to be done to “shield the community from the effects of firearms falling into the wrong hands,” per a report on WJBF.
She also told Girls Really Rule, a feminist blog, 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 told the website.
Collins would end up dropping out of the race, telling a local paper that it was for “personal reasons.” No word yet on when she’s scheduled to appear in court.