Kellie Collins argued for tighter gun laws to protect the community as a Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 10th congressional district before dropping out of the race for “personal reasons.”
Now she’s accused of murdering her campaign manager husband, who was found shot to death in a South Carolina home the two shared after he didn’t show up for work, WSB-TV reports.
McDuffie County Probate Court records show Collins married Curt Cain on July 27, 2018, about a week before police believe he was shot at an apartment the couple shared in Aiken County, South Carolina. Investigators told the news site his body was found at the apartment on Tuesday after his employer called for a welfare check.
An autopsy revealed the body had been there for at least four days. Cain’s Subaru Legacy was also missing.
The Augusta Chronicle reports:
Collins was made the beneficiary of Cain’s insurance about two to three weeks before his death … She ran for Georgia’s 10th congressional district, but withdrew from the race due to personal reasons. Cain was Collins’ treasurer, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Collins turned herself in to McDuffie County authorities on Aug. 7 and now faces charges of murder and grand larceny. Collins’ former campaign manager, Clayborn Thigpen, told the site he knew the two were cohabitating in Aiken, but was shocked to learn about the murder.
“I didn’t think anything like this could have happened,” Thigpen said
WSB-TV reports Collins campaigned for tighter gun laws, as well as improved access to health insurance, increasing the minimum wage and better education. In an interview with the Sparx Tribune, Collins voiced support for government funded elections, alleged “the Electoral College failed us” in the 2016 election, and described President Trump as an “unqualified demagogue.”
She also espoused support for “resisting Trump and his administration” but said she also believes “the Democratic Party leadership lost their understanding of how the working class operates on a day to day basis.”
Elizabeth Foy, spokesperson for the Aiken County Democratic Party, confirmed Cain was an active member of the party. University of South Carolina Aiken Chancellor Sandra Jordan told the Aiken Standard he was a week away from finishing his MBA when he was killed.
“Curt was a member of the third on-campus MBA cohort and was on the verge of completing the program next week,” Jordan said. “According to School of Business faculty, Curt was one of the top students in his class and had a promising future ahead of him.”
Collins is now in Aiken County Jail awaiting a Nov. 9 hearing, according to the Chronicle.
“Without the assistance of McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the exceptional work of the investigators of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, this arrest would not have been possible,” Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt told the Standard. “We hope this will bring some closure to the family of the victim.”