Ex-trooper may face 2nd trial in fond...

Ex-trooper may face 2nd trial in fondling girl

There are 88 comments on the The Clarion-Ledger story from Aug 12, 2006, titled Ex-trooper may face 2nd trial in fondling girl. In it, The Clarion-Ledger reports that:

Prosecutors plan to retry motivational speaker Pete Collins on a fondling charge, an official said Friday, a day after Collins' trial ended in a hung jury.

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Elberta, AL

#1 Sep 12, 2006
with 14 years of working in the court system is is evident that the da in this case is trying to make a name for her self by attacking a man that stands for what is right and takes a stand against things he beleives is wrong. If Captain Collins wasnt a well known individual would brown be wanting to retry him so bad?? i bet not
pete collins

Fennville, MI

#2 Dec 21, 2006
I suggest you find out who else pete collins has molested, and I suggest you look into how his first wife died. That'll bring some startling information.

Oxford, MS

#3 Jan 17, 2007
Pete Collins' first wife is living in Central Mississippi. There is no startling information. I believe someone is posting out of revenge. I am a friend of Pete Collins and know what I am talking about. At least post the truth. I fully agree with Paul from Foley.

United States

#4 Feb 23, 2007

Elberta, AL

#5 Apr 7, 2007
I am not sure that Pete and William form MI are talking about the same article . I also understand that MS doesn’t allow polygraphs into the courts, this is so with most states however not only are polygraphs used in most states the federally courts also allow them to be used as a instigative tool. So I ask why is it that brown will not use all resources to investigate this case did brown not learn in law school that justice is blind and that as a part of the government you are to investigate booth side equally . In cases where there is physical evidence then you must deal with only the facts of the evidence and what it can prove, however when you are dealing with a case that is based on testimony of the victims or wittiness then what do you use to determine what the facts are? Is brown a human lie detector or is brown only wanting justice to see what brown wants justice to see. Also if Captain collins had not already taken and passed a polygraph I bet brown would be asking him to take one but now that it appears that he has proven his credit ability and ask brown to have the “victim” to do the same why is brown against it?
Why not use all the investigative tools that you can? Is it not that the guilt must be proven? It seems that Captain Collins is doing every thing that he can to help the prosecution, by taking the polygraph and he is still proving his innocents. I was taught that the best way to prove a case is to disprove it, if you cant disprove it then it is a good case, this has proven to be successful in numerous cases. So why is brown so against disproving the case? It seems that Captain Collins and his attorneys are doing that for them, by taking a polygraph on his own
G D Anglin

Buffalo, NY

#6 May 15, 2007
I had an unpleasant encounter with an extremely dishonest state trooper near Tupelo so thats what I would expect.

United States

#7 May 26, 2007
It takes two to tango, if Pete was committing adultery with another man's wife don't you think she has to take half of the blame? The only innocent people were his first wife and the woman's husband he was messing around with.
Least we not forget,let those without sin cast the first stone and judge ye not least ye be judged.
A friend of Pete Collins of Madison MS.

United States

#8 Jun 1, 2007
Pete's present wife was my wife for twenty years. I thought he was my friend too, but found out differently after she divorced me. Friends later told me that he would show up in our driveway when I was working. One person found him in our bed. Believe what you will--but I'm very happy now with a wonderful wife, 2 kids and my third grandchild on the way. As a Christian I have learned to forgive them both and move on.

United States

#9 Jun 1, 2007
Believe what you will --but I thought that he was my best friend at one time, too! But he is married to my ex-wife of 20 yrs who divorced me to be with him! I didn't see it coming but neighbors and friends later told me that he would show up at my house when I was off working. One said that they even saw him in my bed.
It doesn't matter anymore because I have a wonderful wife and two sons- plus grandchildren! God has been good to me and I've learned to forgive them as He has forgiven me! Please don't contact me as it is no longer my worry. I just hope that she'll be happy someday.

United States

#10 Jun 2, 2007
The above William comments are correct. He just forgot to change the address on his comments as I did on mine. But for some child's sake, I hope it never happened!!
I really appreciate the friends who have backed me up but as I said, no matter what, as a Christian I can't expect Our Lord to forgive me if I can't forgive them. Having know her since Jr. High, I will always wish her the best in life and keep her in my prayers. I was blessed with a new family shortly after the divorce - someone whom I'd never met until I moved back with my parents. She had two small boys who called me Daddy and now are fine, married young men with careers. One has two children now, and the other is expecting their first on my 60th birthday this year. My regrets are behind me and I try not to hold animosity against them. By the way - my wife and I hold no secrets and I let her read my comments. She is a very understanding person with demons in her past, also, which she has overcome. I live in MS by the way - not MI. We've all made bad choices in life but forgiveness is just a prayer away !!!! bye

United States

#11 Jun 2, 2007
To the web owner of this site --#8's comments were from me - not William. Also, the address is MS not Pittsford,MI
The ex-husband
waste of energy

Gilroy, CA

#12 Aug 24, 2007
Sad day that our society has come to the point that slander is thrown around so freely. Though some of these comments are surely the truth, some are not. Your energy would be better spent elsewhere, either moving on or simply ignoring such rubbish. If you're interested to defend Pete Collins, then take the time to show up at court or give him a call directly. If you have proof that he committed a crime, talk to the DA.

Dyersburg, TN

#13 Aug 27, 2007
Pete is a scumbag. He considers himself a GREAT man; however, he cheated on his wife for well over a year with Becky Gaston (Cullifer) a teacher at LBHS. I witnessed this myself. They spent weekends together in hotels and he even purchased her a cell phone in his name to hide the relationship. There were times his wife went to Italy and she would stay in their home with him outside of Jackson. Wow, what a great man he is!
A life in the shadow


#14 Aug 27, 2007
Pete Collins was convicted on one count of a felondy act of molestation of a then 13 year old girl in Tupelo Mississippi. He was convicted on 8/23/08 and sentenced on 8/24/08 to serve 10 years in the state prison at Parchman, MS. On Sunday the 26th he hung himself in his jail cell while awaiting processing to the next level of his imprisonment. Having known him personally, having heard him on numerous occassions, and knowing personally two of his victims from the early 80's I can only imagine how many other victims are alive and damaged. He made his choices, his years of public service will be remembered by the shadow of a man, hanging in his prison cell abandoned of hope and filled with the reality of his guilt. Turn the page and pray for the victims, they still breathe

Horsham, PA

#15 Aug 28, 2007
I find it hard to believe that no one around this man knew he was sick. its sad that he has ruined young females lives. That is sad because statistics show that it a cycle. I hope he is burning in hell. The god i serve says that sucide is not a forgiven sin. So i hope he continues to burn.

Center Line, MI

#16 Aug 28, 2007
I believe pete collins was innocent. I've seen pete speak in person many times, as he worked closely with my father. I suggest that maybe you all should know all of the facts in his case. As he passed two lie detector tests, however they were not allowed in as evidence. Maybe you all who believe he is guilty should know all the facts. This further proves how our legal system is flawed.
A lifelong friend

Coldwater, MS

#17 Aug 29, 2007
You need all your facts before you comment about things you know nothing about. Check court records for Madison County, Pete filed for divorce in 2002. I did not start working for Pete until 2003. As for me spending the night at Pete's home while his wife was in Italy, for your information so did my daughter, a friend, and my son and his friend. In addition, my brother and sister-in-law visited while we were there. For your information, the cell phone was used for business reasons, I helped Pete with public relations and reservations, flights, etc. So please do not accuse someone of something before you know all the facts.

New York, NY

#18 Aug 29, 2007
God, you people are amazing. Pete's first wife, my aunt, is alive and in mourning. As is the rest of the family.

Remember he was someone's father, grandfather, and Uncle.

It's so easy to write hate on these forums, not so easy to think about the families of all involved.

God Speed Uncle Pete
#19 Aug 29, 2007
Nephew wrote:
God, you people are amazing. Pete's first wife, my aunt, is alive and in mourning. As is the rest of the family.
Remember he was someone's father, grandfather, and Uncle.
It's so easy to write hate on these forums, not so easy to think about the families of all involved.
God Speed Uncle Pete
Why did first wife testify for the prosecution?

Dyersburg, TN

#20 Aug 29, 2007
Filing for divorce and being divorced are two different things. Wow, its 2007 and HE STILL ISN'T DIVORCED! Wonder if he ever planned to get a divorce?

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