Judge grants bond for Cecil Collins in probation case
BATON ROUGE - A judge chose to grant a $25,000 bond for former LSU and pro football player Cecil Collins today in connection with a 15-year-old burglary, rather than sending him back to jail for a probation violation.
Collins was out on probation for the 1998 crime when he was arrested and convicted of burglary in Florida. He spent 13 years in prison there and was to be released May 1, but Louisiana authorities extradited him two days before then to face the probation revocation charges.
Judge Michael Caldwell today granted Collins' motion to quash the revocation of his 1999 probation. He said Collins asked for a speedy trial to resolve the issue in 2010, but the state of Louisiana failed to give him one.
Caldwell ordered Collins to remain in Louisiana until the probation issue is resolved. A hearing for Thursday, June 18 was scheduled to decide whether Collins should instead be allowed to return to Florida.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more from the courthouse starting at 4 p.m.