Man Who Hid Past From Fiancée Freed On Bond

A man whose engagement to a Central Texas woman ended abruptly when the woman learned by chance that he served time for murder as a juvenile and who is now accused of harassing three women through unwanted texts, emails and Facebook messages was released on bond Friday.

Deputies escorted Jovan Collier (left) to court for the bond hearing Thursday. (Photo by Jim Peeler)

WACO (July 18, 2014) Jovan Collier, 45, also known as "Joe", whose engagement to a Waco-area woman ended abruptly last month after the woman learned he served time for murder as a juvenile, and who was later charged with three counts of harassment-electronic communications, was released on bond Friday.

The release came a day after a state district judge agreed to reduce Collier's bonds from a total of $150,000 to $45,000.

As a condition of his release on bond, he must wear a GPS device, which will track his movements.

He had been jailed since July 5 when McLennan County deputies, acting on a tip, arrested him at Cantina Texas at 1207 Hewitt Dr. on warrants charging harassment.

According to arrest warrant affidavits, Collier sent unwanted emails, texts and Facebook messages to three women “likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass or offend the recipient.”

Two of the three women had “ended a romantic relationship with Jovan,” and two of the three said they were “in fear of Jovan,” the affidavits said.

Authorities first learned Collier was in the area last month after his now former fiancée discovered his former identity as the result of a true crime TV show that recounted the case of 14-year-old Peter Zimmer, who murdered his adoptive parents and younger brother in 1983.

It turned out that Zimmer and Collier are the same person.

Hans and Sally Zimmer and their other adopted son, Perry, 10 were killed in May 1983 at their home in rural Wisconsin.

Hans Zimmer was shot five times and his wife was stabbed to death and left in a shed behind the house with a rosary on her body.

Perry Zimmer was stabbed more than 25 times.

Under Wisconsin law at the time, Peter Zimmer couldn’t be charged as an adult.

He pleaded no contest to the murders and was found to be a delinquent.

There was no trial.

Zimmer spent four years in a state-run juvenile detention center before he was released at the age of 18 with a new name, a trust fund from his dead parent's estate and a one-way ticket to Florida.

Zimmer than reappeared in 2009 after authorities named him a fugitive in connection with three episodes of stalking involving an ex-girlfriend.

In 2010, he was arrested and jailed on those charges.

Authorities have learned that Collier has married twice, been engaged to a few other women and has had a number of girlfriends along the way, but the local woman whose heart he captured is no longer one of them.


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