Kellie Collins, a former Georgia congressional candidate who was affiliated with the Democratic Party, is accused of murdering her campaign treasurer.
The former candidate – whose full name is Kellie Lynn Collins – stepped down from the campaign for unspecified personal reasons in 2017, the year before the homicide charge was filed. She once ran in a congressional race against Republican incumbent Jody Hice and accused the Republican Party of targeting “all” women, minorities, members of the LGBT community and disabled people “as lesser sections of society.” She also referred to Donald Trump as an “unqualified demagogue.”
She once told the website GirlsReallyRule: “When your friends and family are depending on you to make ethical decisions that affect their lives for many years, a member of Congress should hold her or himself to a much higher standard than the bare minimum that many GOP members are currently using as a benchmark.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Curt Cain Was Discovered Shot to Death & Collins Was Reportedly Living With Him
The victim was identified as Curt Cain, 41.
The murder occurred at a home in Aiken, South Carolina. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Cain was shot to death. Clayborn Thigpen, the former campaign manager for Kellie Collins, told the newspaper that Cain and Collins were living together, and he was shocked by the accusations.
A motive was not released. Cain was found deceased after his employer asked for a welfare check, according to the newspaper. Kellie Collins was charged with murder and grand larceny.
The Aiken Standard reported that it’s believed Cain died on August 4, 2018.
Police said it’s possible the pair was married. Cain was listed as Collins’ campaign treasurer by OpenSecrets.org, which reported that Collins had raised very little money in the race.
2. Collins Once Ran as a Democrat for a Seat in the 10th Congressional District
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— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) July 26, 2018
According to Ballotpedia, Kellie Collins was a candidate for the 10th Congressional District in Georgia but dropped out of the race before the election. The Augusta Chronicle confirmed that she ran as a Democrat.