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Teen local murder suspect to be held in Dallas for now

by Lori Dunn | May 10, 2022 at 4:01 p.m.
Kevonte Collins

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Capital murder suspect Kevonte Collins, 17, of Texarkana, Texas, will remain in a Dallas juvenile detention center until it is determined if he will be certified as an adult.

Collins was arrested May 2 in DeSoto, Texas.

Collins is in Dallas JDC as a result of Bowie County not having its own JDC. If Collins is certified as an adult, he will be transported to Texarkana and booked into the Bi-State jail, said Shawn Vaughn, spokesman for the Texarkana Texas Police Department. The certification process could take several weeks, Vaughn said.

Collins is accused in the December 2021 shootings at the Oaks at Rosehill apartments on West 13th Street in Texarkana that killed two other teens and seriously injured another. Collins was 16 at the time of the crime.

After receiving credible information that Collins could be found at a residence in DeSoto, Texarkana Texas Police Sgt. Brad Thacker and Detective Cory Motley travelled to DeSoto to coordinate with law enforcement agencies there and request their assistance in serving the warrant, said Vaughn.

Due to the violent nature of Collins' charge and recent threatening statements he made on social media about not being arrested, a tactical approach was initiated by the officers. When confronted at the residence, Collins immediately surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Two firearms were seized inside the residence.

TTPD worked with DeSoto Police, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Southwest Regional Response Group's Special Response Team.

A district court order had authorized the release of Collins' identity despite his being 16 at the time of the killings. The court order was issued to help police share information with the public in hopes of finding Collins.

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