MAMMOTH SPRING, Ark. – Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced today that charges against Jennifer Lea Collins, 55, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas have been increased from Battery in the First Degree to Murder in the Second Degree.
Although still alive when found initially on the date of the offense, her victim subsequently died about a week later due to complications caused by injuries inflicted upon her by Collins.
In addition to the Murder charge Collins faces charges of Abuse of an Endangered or Impaired Person, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
Boyce said, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”
Collins initial charge of Battery in the 1st Degree was a Class B felony punishable by between 5 and 20 years in the Department of Correction. Murder in the Second Degree is a Class A Felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in the Department of Correction.
Press release – Henry Boyce