Ex-trooper may face 2nd trial in fondling girl

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. Full Story
Duelie

Brandon, MS

#64 Aug 10, 2009
takeitdown1 wrote:
All I know about Pete Collins' personal life is the little bit I took down in court. He was not on trial for what was going on in his personal life.
I do know that there were other children he supposedly molested, but this case was not about them. They are grown women now, and trying to put it behind them.
I know what I know from the transcript of his trial that I took as the court reporter.
I know his ex-daughter-in-law personally, and know she was never comfortable with his being around her daughter, his granddaughter, just the two of them, even when she was still married to Pete's son.
And what he said in court (though I don't write it here verbatim) during his sentencing was in the form of an apology.
Well I was there for the whole trial and he never apologized to that lying teenager. If you don't believe it, get a copy of the transcript; its bogus reporters like you who give journalism a black eye.
Duelie

Brandon, MS

#65 Aug 10, 2009
x co worker Brandon MS wrote:
I cant believe after all this time this billboard is still up..I would jus like to say the things that were SOPPOSE to happen to this girl happened to me when I was a little girl. I knew kids when I was that age that said things like this that WERE NOT TRUE. Seems like everyone likes to condem someone without the facts. I knew PETE jus through passing at work. I knew he was a good man and did so many GOOD things. I think there should be so many more good things wrote about this man. Who cares if this man did or did not cheat on his wife...THIS IS NOT THE ONLY INNOCENT MAN THAT HAS WENT TO JAIL...Christians do not convict, Jesus says to visit the broken hearted and the ones in jail...how many of you did that?? He without sin cast the first stone?? I worked in Law Enforcement for years and yes, some of them or jus as guilty as the ones they put away. But I have also seen the innocent go to jail. You point your finger at someone and you do not know if they are guilty or not. Remember JON BANI??? How many of you made her parents live in HELL??? Her mother died before she knew what happened to her baby!! Jus because the POLICE and MEDIA made out like the parents were guilty YOU SEEM TO THINK THEY WERE!! If they did not have the cash flow they did you would of sent them to the CHAMBER!!!! It seems like your guilty until proven innocent in this day and time. Personally, I do not feel like he did do this, but this is nor for me or you to decide. He cared for so many people including all of the kids he spent his life trying to save their lives. Think of all of the lives he has saved. I pray that anyone that judge this man may GOD help you!!...This was a wonderful man and a WONDERFUL STATE TROOPER THAT REALLY DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! I talked to a friend and x co-worker earlier today he said he heard PETE SPEAK AND BECAUSE OF PETE'S SPEECH HE DID NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!
``PETE, THANKS FOR MAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY LIVES!! I HOPE U R READING THIS FROM ABOVE AND KNOWING THAT YOU ARE MISSED & YOU ARE LOVED!!
GOD BLESS
..........
Thank you x co-worker. Pete knew they had taken his life already. Not to mention he had buried his father and sister less than two months before the trial. It was just too much of a living hell to bear, and one he never should have had to bear. I don't condone his taking his life; I just know that no man can tell you how to get back from where he ain't never been.
Duelie

Brandon, MS

#66 Aug 10, 2009
Dudley wrote:
<quoted text>debate over,pete collins would never touch a child.NEVER!!!!
If anybody really knows Linda, you know that she is pretty easy to sway one way or the other after placing any sort of question in her head. I am not condemning her, but the truth is, she is a very simple minded person who is gullible, to say the least.

IF it is true that there were "others" and IF it is true that Linda had all these "questions" while they were married for 26 years, doesn/wouldn't that make her just as guilty if not more so for not coming forward???

Let's use some common sense here. A man like Pete Collins would never take a chance on throwing away his life, family and career by commiting such an action. He would have had far too much to lose.

As for Linda, Pete told me himself that Linda called him and wanted to get back together with him after his divorce from Marilyn but he was already set on marrying someone else. I would say it was a classic case of a gullible woman scorned. That describes Linda's part in Pete's conviction. And, one day, she will have to answer for the part of Pete's blood that is on her hands.
Duelie

Brandon, MS

#67 Aug 10, 2009
pete collins wrote:
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.
Hey Ann Arbor:

Pete's first wife is alive and kicking in Kosciusko MS.

I know who you are and you did nothing but act as Satan's servant in causing all the hell you could for Pete because of your so-called "media expertise". What a joke. Its people like you who are responsible for what happened to Pete. You are just a servant of Satan and I hope one day you will quit lieing and move on with your life. May God have mercy on your soul. I know where Pete is: Heaven; and I intend to meet him at the eastern gates one day.
dudley

Greenwood, MS

#68 Aug 11, 2009
duley ditto! ditto!!!!!!!!!!
Friend of Pete

Jackson, MS

#69 Aug 11, 2009
WOW wrote:
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.
The Bible you are in reference to also teaches to pray for those who are "sick", so I guess you need to re-read/re-interpret your Bible; the only unpardonable sin is blasphemy of the holy spirit. When you become as God and have the right to pass judgement without knowing the facts, let us know...
Friend of Pete

Jackson, MS

#70 Aug 11, 2009
takeitdown1 wrote:
All I know about Pete Collins' personal life is the little bit I took down in court. He was not on trial for what was going on in his personal life.
I do know that there were other children he supposedly molested, but this case was not about them. They are grown women now, and trying to put it behind them.
I know what I know from the transcript of his trial that I took as the court reporter.
I know his ex-daughter-in-law personally, and know she was never comfortable with his being around her daughter, his granddaughter, just the two of them, even when she was still married to Pete's son.
And what he said in court (though I don't write it here verbatim) during his sentencing was in the form of an apology.
I was there in the court during the sentencing and Pete never apologized to Callie Johnson or her family for anything. The transcripts show that.

As for Pete's ex daughter in law whom you say you know, I know her too. Did she tell you how she got mad at Pete when he cut off the money and quit paying her/their bills when she and Pete's son divorced? Ask her about that. While you are at it, if she was so uncomfortable with her daughter (Pete's granddaughter) being around Pete, why did she feel so comfortable taking the money Pete gave her to set up the gym in Tupelo and purchase everything she needed for it. If she was so uncomfortable with Pete, she sure didn't show it when she needed/wanted money. I have seen that first-hand.
If the truth be told, that girl who accused Pete made molestation accusations against a man who used to work there in the gym that Pete bought for his then daughter-in-law. Check the transcripts and talk to witnesses like I have. I challenge you, if you are indeed a journalist of any degree. Check out the motives of all involved, especially the role Pete's ex-daughter-in-law played in all this. She is a very vindictive person, in my opinion.
dudley

Greenwood, MS

#71 Aug 11, 2009
dueley good job!!there is so much i would like to say but you talk on you know jeff's first wife would introduce her self as PETE COLLINS daughter imn law not jeff's wife
dudley

Greenwood, MS

#72 Aug 11, 2009
she took money from him like it was candy pete did it for he thought he was helping jeff and the kids
Paul

Tallassee, AL

#73 Aug 12, 2009
It is so great to hear the great things that you all have to say about this great man. I know he is looking down smilling and he once said to me that the truth would always come out, sometimes it just takes awhile. I am just sorry that the lies took such a great man. He told me that the people were after his integrity and all of us that has been in law enforcment for several years, knows that is all we have. You are right I beleive that Captain Collins felt that had been taken from him and I think he didnt want to have his family go through anything else to try to prove the truth. You see great people are very humble and meak and if it means to give your life to protect the people that you love from any harm are pain, then you will. As for the court system, what made them continue to try this case you see it is like gambling if you role the dice enough you will eventually get the numbers you want, Captain Collins had already been tried for this and the prosecution continued to roll the the dice till they got what they wanted,i dont knoew the prosecutors personally but they are like each of us the want to win at what ever they do and this was a veryy high profile case and no matter what you say that makes it personal and anytime something is personal we work harder to win and i think that was the motivation in this case. As for the things in Captain Collins life that each of us want to say he did wrong such as his divorce and so on, well i am sure he isnt the only one here that is divorced and you know in all divorces there is blame on both sides. I am again certain that we could all look back and see things we would hold our head low in shame over. But we are quick to judge others for there down falls as if we were perfect. I can tell you that Pete wasnt that way at all as a matter of fact when i last talked with him he told me of graetness in everyone around him. and Jeff he told me things that one day i hope to tell you even though i dont know you and have never met you if you read this you can email me at nighthawk@gulftel.com. I am again touched and uplifted by the continued support for Captain Collins to each and all thank you for showing that there is still good in the world
Unknown

New Albany, MS

#74 Aug 27, 2009
A lifelong friend wrote:
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.
.... Becky, you know very well that you were having an affair with Pete. Pete's dear grandchildren thought he was already divorced from Marilyn and that you were his girlfriend. You and your daughter and her friend went on a family trip to Colorado with Pete and his family and y'all slept together in the condo. Lying and mistruths have been the "story" of the Collins' lives. Why do you want to just add to it? Shame on you for this. Don't you people know that Pete's grandchildren will read all this one day in their quest to find the truth. Truth is their Grandfather did a lot of good in his life. Was a wonderful personality and a blast to be around. But there was a dark side. Pete knew it, Jeff denied it, Linda knew parts of it.... and unfortunately there were 3 women at court that last day in addition to the 13 y/o girl who were there because he had molested and/or raped them in the past. Clay Joyner was a very good DA and his prosecution had nothing to do with making a name for himself. It grieves what happened, but you people posting things that are lies or that you have no idea about aren't helping.
Mockingbird

Moss, TN

#75 Sep 10, 2009
I remembered having a wonderful speaker in high school who really got to me. I thought about his stories often. Now I am a teacher, and wanted to share this experience with my students. I just found out the story. I am incredibly heartbroken. He changed my life. Does anyone know if his videos are still available?
dudley

Grenada, MS

#76 Sep 14, 2009
Unknown wrote:
<quoted text>.... Becky, you know very well that you were having an affair with Pete. Pete's dear grandchildren thought he was already divorced from Marilyn and that you were his girlfriend. You and your daughter and her friend went on a family trip to Colorado with Pete and his family and y'all slept together in the condo. Lying and mistruths have been the "story" of the Collins' lives. Why do you want to just add to it? Shame on you for this. Don't you people know that Pete's grandchildren will read all this one day in their quest to find the truth. Truth is their Grandfather did a lot of good in his life. Was a wonderful personality and a blast to be around. But there was a dark side. Pete knew it, Jeff denied it, Linda knew parts of it.... and unfortunately there were 3 women at court that last day in addition to the 13 y/o girl who were there because he had molested and/or raped them in the past. Clay Joyner was a very good DA and his prosecution had nothing to do with making a name for himself. It grieves what happened, but you people posting things that are lies or that you have no idea about aren't helping.
did you also kmow millisa,susan the sisters from kosey find out what ther proublem is being you ar so in the know.
dudley

Grenada, MS

#77 Sep 14, 2009
Unknown wrote:
<quoted text>.... Becky, you know very well that you were having an affair with Pete. Pete's dear grandchildren thought he was already divorced from Marilyn and that you were his girlfriend. You and your daughter and her friend went on a family trip to Colorado with Pete and his family and y'all slept together in the condo. Lying and mistruths have been the "story" of the Collins' lives. Why do you want to just add to it? Shame on you for this. Don't you people know that Pete's grandchildren will read all this one day in their quest to find the truth. Truth is their Grandfather did a lot of good in his life. Was a wonderful personality and a blast to be around. But there was a dark side. Pete knew it, Jeff denied it, Linda knew parts of it.... and unfortunately there were 3 women at court that last day in addition to the 13 y/o girl who were there because he had molested and/or raped them in the past. Clay Joyner was a very good DA and his prosecution had nothing to do with making a name for himself. It grieves what happened, but you people posting things that are lies or that you have no idea about aren't helping.
oh please wishy washy
jacob collins

New Albany, MS

#78 Nov 13, 2009
you better back the heack up of my granddad k
jacob collins

New Albany, MS

#79 Nov 13, 2009
hello yall stop talkin bout him you sick people hes my granddad and he didnt do it
dudley

Tinsley, MS

#80 Nov 13, 2009
NO!!!HE DID NOT DO THE THE THINGS THEY SAY NO!NO!
dudley

Greenwood, MS

#81 May 28, 2010
happy birthday in heaven PETE
Paul

Beaver Island, MI

#82 Apr 16, 2012
Can anyone tell me where I can find any of Pete's videos?
TRUTH

Ridgeland, MS

#84 Jul 17, 2012
Pete was a coward! He took the easy way out because he could not face what he did. Remeber there is a CHILD victim!! He was an sick man!!!

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