MINNEAPOLIS – Authorities in Minneapolis have charged the father of a 10-year-old boy whose body was found in the Mississippi River with 2nd-degree murder.
The criminal complaint charging Pierre Barlee Collins cites cellphone location data that police said places him near the spot in the river where Barway Collins' body was found.
It also says Collins held two life insurance policies on his son and had asked his insurer about raising the coverage on one policy two days before the boy disappeared. The boy was missing nearly a month.
The complaint says Barway's body had duct tape around his feet and torso when it was found.
Collins has said he is innocent. A family spokesman, Pastor Harding Smith, said Tuesday that Collins maintains he had nothing to do with Barway's death.
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Authorities in Minneapolis have called a news conference to announce charges against the father of a 10-year-old boy whose body was found in the Mississippi River over the weekend.
Barway Collins of suburban Crystal had been the subject of widespread searches since his disappearance nearly a month earlier. Crystal police said soon after his disappearance that they considered his father, Pierre Collins, the primary suspect.
Collins has said he is innocent. A family spokesman, Pastor Harding Smith, said Tuesday that Collins continues to maintain he had nothing to do with Barway's death and hoped the community would withhold judgment.
The 33-year-old Collins remained in jail Tuesday.