Sports analyst: La'el Collins in 'unprecedented' situation
BATON ROUGE - La'el Collins, LSU's offensive lineman and candidate for the NFL draft, is reportedly going to meet with investigators from the Baton Rouge Police Department concerning a murder investigation.
Wednsday afternoon, Collins was said to be leaving Chicago, where the draft takes place, to meet with officers. But, a police spokesperson told WBRZ's Brittany Weiss minutes before a live report for WBRZ News 2 at 10:00, Collins had yet to talk with police.
Authorities have said Collins, who has hired Baton Rouge attorney Jim Boren, may know something about a woman who was killed on Ship Drive last week. Investigators have not called Collins a suspect, only saying that they want to interview him about the crime victim, Brittney Mills.
Mills, 29, was nine months pregnant when she was gunned down after answering the door of her apartment. Doctors were able to save the child.
Detectives said they believe Collins and Mills had a relationship in the past.
ESPN reported Wednesday, Collins was voluntarily leaving the draft to meet with police in an effort to clear his name.
Boren has not returned calls by WBRZ to comment on the situation, but told ESPN there are witnesses to vouch for Collins' whereabouts last Friday, when Mills was murdered.
"We have identified where La'el was the day the lady was murdered to establish he was nowhere around," Boren told ESPN.
The NFL draft is Thursday at 7 p.m. local time. Collins is one of two LSU players in the first round. A sports analyst called the issue unusual.
"I've been doing this twenty-nine years, this is unprecedented to have an event like this happen 48 to 72 hours, right before the draft," Mike Detillier said. "From a business stand point, and to clear his name, [meeting with police] was the only thing he could do."
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