Man Charged In Hammer Attack Will Be Questioned In Murder

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Investigators are trying to determine whether a man jailed on an aggravated assault charge could also be connected to a local murder earlier this month.

Carlos Derell Collins (Jail photo)

KILLEEN (January 27, 2014) Investigators are trying to determine whether a Killeen man arrested Sunday in Temple on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon warrant could be connected to a murder earlier this month.

Carlos Derell Collins, 27, was held Monday in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, according to online records.

Collins was charged in connection with a Jan. 14 incident during which a victim was beaten with a hammer.

According to an affidavit issued at the time, the victim told police he met a man on Craigslist he knew only as "Steve" and the two agreed to meet.

During the face-to-face encounter the victim said the man he knew as "Steve" hit him in the head with a hammer.

A warrant was issued in the assault on Jan. 16 and police later asked for the public’s help in the effort to find the suspect in the case.

A Crime Stoppers tip led officers to a Temple motel room over the weekend where they arrested Collins.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith confirmed Monday that police detectives are also trying to determine whether Collins was connected to the Jan. 15 murder of Sean William Schumann, 32.

Collins has not been charged in connection with Schumann’s death, but Smith said Monday detectives “want to talk to him.”

Schumann was found dead inside his West Anderson Drive apartment, in Killeen.

Police reported that he showed signs of severe trauma to his head.

Subsequently a preliminary autopsy report showed Schumann died from severe blunt force trauma.

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