MOUNT VERNON — A jury of his peers found Michael Collins not guilty of all but two counts following a 5-day trial that charged him with murder, attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.
The two counts Collins was convicted of were tampering with evidence and possessing a firearm while under disability.
Collins defense team argued throughout the trial that Collins was provoked by Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett and Jesse Collins to protect himself and his daughter, Melissa Collins.
News Staff Reporter Chuck Martin is working on more of the story.
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- Shooting shocks fire department July 7, 2011
- Collins remains in serious condition July 12, 2011
- Collins indicted for murder of Claggett August 4, 2011
- Collins Kramer gets community control December 10, 2011
- Collins' trial postponed February 7, 2012
- Murder trial starts with jury selection Tuesday July 16, 2012
- Murder trial tale of two stories July 18, 2012
- Prosecution lays foundation for case July 19, 2012
- Case continues to be built against Collins July 20, 2012
- Son, daughter testify against father July 21, 2012
- Jury deliberations continue July 23, 2012
- Jury renders verdict in Collins case July 23, 2012
- Collins found guilty of two minor charges July 24, 2012