OSWEGO — A Coffeyville man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend.
Donald D. Collins, 62, is charged in Labette County District Court with second-degree murder, a felony punishable by a minimum of 12 years in jail, and interference with a law officer, a low-level felony.
Collins made a first appearance on the charges this week in Oswego. He will return to court March 2. His attorney is JoAnna Derfelt. His bond is set at $1 million.
Collins is suspected of killing his girlfriend, Nina L. Lee, 50, also of Coffeyville.
Police responded to a 911 call at 1:42 p.m. Feb. 15 to the Canterbury Inn, 400 Main, on Collins’ report of a possible overdose.
Officers found Lee on the bathroom floor unresponsive and began CPR. They continued resuscitation until the Labette Health Ambulance Service arrived and took over. A release from Parsons Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig said the efforts were unsuccessful and Lee was pronounced dead.
Police requested an autopsy following procedure.
The preliminary autopsy results came back Monday and indicated foul play was involved in Lee’s death. Police continued their investigation and arrested Collins on Monday at Labette Health, where he had been taken after threatening to harm himself or others, police said.
According to police, Collins and Lee were at the motel after being involved in a one-vehicle accident. A sheriff’s deputy transported the two to the Parsons motel.
According to a Labette County Sheriff’s Department report, the accident happened at 3:36 a.m. Saturday on Xavier Road two-tenths of a mile north of 20000 Road. The car, a 1999 Kia Sephia, was northbound on Xavier when Collins decided to turn around because of a low-water bridge. In doing so, he lost control of the car, which rolled backward, off the low-water bridge and into a creek. No injuries were reported.
The sheriff was called to 23000 and York roads, about four miles north of the accident scene, on a report of a man and woman knocking on someone’s door and reporting to have been in a wreck. Collins and Lee took off when the homeowner called 911. The deputy found Collins and Lee in the old church at 24000 and York roads. Collins and Lee claimed to have been stuck in the area since that afternoon. The deputy noticed that Collins had a cell phone on him and asked why he didn’t call for help. Collins didn’t answer. The deputy found the accident site and had the damaged car towed.