Judge rules Collins can return to Florida
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU and NFL player Cecil Collins can return to Florida while his probation case in Louisiana is worked out, a judge ruled Thursday.
Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that Collins can return to Florida but must be supervised by a private probation enforcement company, Capital City Probation.
Collins will be in touch with the company by phone daily and will submit to random drug tests, his attorney Rodney Baum said.
Collins has been staying in Leesville with family members but hopes to be back in Florida in time to start work on Monday.
He has a job lined up working for a private electrical company, Baum said.
Collins will be allowed to stay in Florida at least until an appeals court rules on whether Caldwell was correct in not allowing the state to revoke Collins' probation in a 1998 case. Collins was on probation in that case when he was arrested in Florida. He served 13 years in prison there and was arrested by Louisiana authorities for a probation violation upon his release in May.