William Nickels Collins, the accused in the 2011 murder of a Cabot woman, is set to appear Friday morning before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson in the final pretrial hearing before his October trial.
Collins, charged with first-degree murder, is accused of killing 24-year-old Carissa Downey, whose remains were found March 20, 2011, in a trash bag near Judsonia in White County.
Collins’s wife, Bonnie Collins, was originally charged in Downey’s murder, however, prosecution entered a nolle prosequi due to a lack of evidence, court documents show.
Collins, 48, of Vilonia, represented by Deputy Public Defender Stephen Ralph, is set for trial Oct. 22-25.
If convicted of first-degree murder, a class Y felony, Collins would face 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
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