HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A 41-year-old Hutchinson man accused in a domestic case now faces a total of 16 charges.
Gregory Collins is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. During the preliminary hearing, however, the state charged him with three counts of solicitation to commit perjury and nine counts of violation of a protection from abuse order.
The state is now alleging that Collins may have been attempting to influence the victim’s testimony and that, even though he was in prison, made contact with the victim as many as 500 times and attempted another 300 times. The victim claimed she didn’t know there was a protection order and that the Kansas Department of Corrections stated it didn’t have one. But, Judge Joe McCarville printed out a copy of the order he issued.
The case itself happened around 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 4 when the victim was reportedly attacked with a knife. Collins is also accused of holding the victim against her will, putting her in fear of her safety and causing damage to the home in the 600 block of East F. He is also accused of heating up a taser, then putting it against her neck and threatening to kill her.
On the stand, the victim testified that she struck him first after accusing him of cheating because he was texting someone after he had come home. She also told the court they had both been drinking and that he was high. At one point, she told Judge Joe McCarville, “I don’t want to do this.” But the judge informed her that she was under subpoena and told her to answer the state’s questions.
Detective Jamie Schoenhoff was also on the stand and testified that the victim’s statement after the incident was far more detailed than her testimony Wednesday.
With him bound over for trial, Collins will be arraigned on the 16 charges Sept. 3.