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Collins tests stalled at KBI

June 18, 2008, 2:37 p.m. Updated June 19, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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Possible evidence in an assault investigation involving a star Kansas University basketball player is currently being tested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The KU Public Safety Office sent the evidence to the KBI lab in Topeka on Oct. 22, 2007, officials with the two agencies said. The testing was requested because KU police were investigating an allegation a 35-year-old woman made against KU guard Sherron Collins, 21.

This is the second time the evidence has been tested by the KBI, director Robert Blecha said. The same evidence was sent for testing in June 2007. It took only a month to complete that testing and return the evidence to KU, Blecha said.

In October KU sent the evidence back with a request for a different type of examination, Blecha said. It has taken longer to process the evidence this time because of a backlog of cases to be tested, a situation made worse because of remodeling the laboratory, he said.

"The last few months we've been remodeling and refurbishing the lab area in the basement here," he said. "We've had to move equipment and give ourselves some room to work."

Neither KU police nor Blecha would say specifically what type of testing had been done or is being done now.

Blecha said he didn't know when the results of the latest test will be known.

"They do a batch of examinations at the same time," he said. "It's not going to be months and months."

The investigation was started more than a year ago when Jessica J. Brown, then an employee at Jayhawker Towers where Collins lived, told KU police Collins exposed himself and rubbed against her in an elevator. Collins has denied the allegation. No criminal charges have been filed.

Collins, however, failed to respond to the lawsuit filed against him in the 20 days after it was filed May 14 in Douglas County District Court. On Monday a judge signed a journal entry granting "judgment by default" because of Collins' lack of response. A hearing to establish the amount of damages to be awarded in excess of $75,000 is set for July 8.

Collins said earlier this week he did not know what his legal responsibilities were under a civil lawsuit. He said he will work to correct the matter and to "prove that the allegation is not true."

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starbucks 5 years, 10 months ago

That Keegan article was absolutely brutal. His stupidity/laziness showed on so many levels, 1) While attempting to make the point that people shouldn't pre-judge the victim, he pretty much did the same thing to Collins. Jokes aside, he's correct when he said no one knows what if anything happened except for the two people in question, but last time I checked Collins hadn't been convicted of anything. His statement "Only two people know what happened in that elevator, and one of them decided not to show up in court, which resulted in a judge granting the other a default judgment of more than $75,000." A default judgment is so far removed from a finding of guilt or a sign of guilt it is laughable. You can get relief from a default judgment for any number of reasons. See K.S.A. 60-260(b). Especially when a motion to set aside is filed in a timely fashion following the granting of the default, and when there is limited evidence on the merits because the criminal investigation is still ongoing. No judge is going to whack somebody for 75K on the basis of facial allegations raised in a petition, especially a 20 year-old college who is a week late in filing an answer. 2) The fact the investigation has taken that long is not exactly shocking for anyone remotely familiar with the legal system. Especially if there is any kind of testing involved and the testing agency is running behind due to remodeling. News flash, this isn't a homicide, its not exactly high on the priority list. 3) Anybody that quotes anonymous message board posters for anything or uses those comments as a basis for a pseudo editorial should not call themselves a journalist. Wait...there are people that post anonymous things on the internet that are stupid??? WHAT? There are people that post things anonymously on the internet that are inflammatory or controversial??? My god...its like Woodward and Bernstein with Watergate. Keegan has cracked the case...

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jonas 5 years, 10 months ago

"Why don't everyone just wait and see what happens before writting stupid stuff about someone you don't even know."Dingding! Winner.

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tenziewenzie 5 years, 10 months ago

Look I know this girl, and I'm telling you she is not the type to make stuff up. She does not even want money. She wants justice. I know that KU is wonderful and all. I'm one of their biggest fans, but come on. Just because he is a KU basketball player does not mean that he would not do something like this. Why don't everyone just wait and see what happens before writting stupid stuff about someone you don't even know. Do you think that she would go through this stuff it were not true. Who would want their name spread all over the papers, if it were not true.

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rammy 5 years, 10 months ago

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Baille 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow. Sounds like someone should write a book - or an investigative piece of journalism. By the way, does anyone do that anymore? Investigate things independently of what is spoon fed to the media and write about it?

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Pudgy1 5 years, 10 months ago

smarty_pants, would that football player have the initials of K. D.? I think he's in prison in Arizona for something like 600 years to life.

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smarty_pants 5 years, 10 months ago

I used to work with the KU scholarship athletes. After seeing what goes on from the inside, I lost my enthusiasm for KU basketball and football. From academic dishonesty (including complicit professors) to rape and assault--I saw it all. In the early 90's one of the football players drugged a (white) art student, and, while she was passed out, invited other players to his Jayhawker Towers apt to have sex with her for $5 a piece. When she later threatened to go to the police, the coaches allegedly paid her off to keep her mouth shut. That former player is now in prison after being on America's Most Wanted for kidnapping and rape for a crime he committed after leaving KU. And I challenge the KU Athletic Corporation and KU to let the public know how many of these players are deadbeat dads with several kids. Why are we recruiting them when we know they cannot pay child support with their atheletic scholarship money? So while you are all rock chalking and waving the wheat, remember that there is a very sleezy side to the big money KU sports.

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gweezy 5 years, 10 months ago

Funny how ljworld removed my comment speculating this girl being white....but ljworld doesn't remove all the comments on speculation that all the shootings and other crime in Lawrence are caused by black men from Topeka or KC. Whats that all about.....?Hmmmm.

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Pudgy1 5 years, 10 months ago

"hail2oldku (Anonymous) says: OK. The alleged assault happened in May of 2007, it then takes 5 months to send the possible DNA evidence to the KBI Crime Lab and 8 months later that evidence still has not been processed.I'm not sure exactly where the worst stench is coming from, but there are several sources of stink in this case."Maybe you should actually READ the entire article dufus. The evidence was first sent to the lab in June 2007 and then sent back a second time in October. It did not take the cops 5 months to send the evidence to the lab.

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packs_of_wild_dogzz 5 years, 10 months ago

Hey LJworld....did you remove my post because I criticized you for putting this in the paper EVERY day?!?!?! hahahaha. Maybe tomorrow you can make it four consecutive days with nothing new to report.

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solsken66 5 years, 10 months ago

Dragging of feet at many levels of this whole case. Maybe some are intentionally trying to brush this under the rug so as to protect the person who happens to play for the KU basketball team. Delay tactics...

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Bob Forer 5 years, 10 months ago

Why only blame the men. The women are equally culpable. Birth control is a dual responsiblitiy.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

"sherron will NEVER forget to consult a lawyer right away again. "I wouldn't count on it. How many men have multiple children out of wedlock, deny fatherhood, are then proven to be thus, and still persistantly have sex without a condom?Some men collect those pregnancies/babies, like girls used to collect charms on a bracelet.

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Pudgy1 5 years, 10 months ago

It would appear the conspiracy mongers are losing steam. Perhaps eventually we'll sit back and just wait for the truth to come out and quit speculating on things we know absolutely nothing about.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

And now their back..I love this phenomenon!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

Goodness..people are getting disappeareded!I guess since those I was responding to are no longer posted here, just ignore my above posts.lol.

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lily 5 years, 10 months ago

Helloooo, the article states that the first time the evidence was sent was June 2007. It was sent a second time in October.Yeah, the type of evidence. Sounds pretty disgusting. Even Tom Keegan said we should have some respect for the victim. The bashers of the innocent party, whichever that may turn out to be, will be the sorry ones, or not.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

"Good grief. In the 70s we called this flirting."Seriously..did you have men exposing and rubbing when you were in the 70's? Men that you didn't have a relationship with?There's flirting and then there's indecent exposure and improper contact and harrassment.Completely different, even in the 70's.In downtown Lawrence you get kicked out of a bar, for sharing/showing your stick to another patron. At Mardi Gras, and man gets arrested for the same.They are arrested for doing it in shopping mall parking lots.Why do you think this act in an elevator above the law?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

"Given that this happened in an elevator (max 10 second ride) and presumably there were only two people on that elevator, how much evidence would there be?" - NHHair, cells, and things I can't put on here can transfer with a single rub. Not everything depends on "the final submission".

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nobody1793 5 years, 10 months ago

The KBI has just declared Collins ineligible for the Tour de France due to abnormally high levels of testosterone.

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packs_of_wild_dogzz 5 years, 10 months ago

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Munsoned 5 years, 10 months ago

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jayhawkerz 5 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to know what the evidence is? My imagination is running wild.

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Munsoned 5 years, 10 months ago

And, the season WAS over when it happened.

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Munsoned 5 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, right. And Scooter Libby's in on it, too.

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Thats_messed_up 5 years, 10 months ago

the KBI was told not to process the evidence until after Basketball season by Gov. Sebelias.

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hail2oldku 5 years, 10 months ago

OK. The alleged assault happened in May of 2007, it then takes 5 months to send the possible DNA evidence to the KBI Crime Lab and 8 months later that evidence still has not been processed.I'm not sure exactly where the worst stench is coming from, but there are several sources of stink in this case.

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Drew Alan 5 years, 10 months ago

if you're going to accuse an athlete of doing something like this, at least pick one who is rich! although maybe she thought he'd be in the NBA by now! Maybe she is mistaking Collins for the man in KC (who was recently arrested for the third time) who slathers himself in baby oil and then exposes himself to people... just a thought

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gweezy 5 years, 10 months ago

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starbucks 5 years, 10 months ago

Eride....While an hour out of the back of an SUV is unrealistic, 9 months for any forensic test is even more ridiculously preposterous.

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sherbert 5 years, 10 months ago

Maybe he should contact a lawyer for advice if he doesn't 'know what his responsibilities are under a cival lawsuit'. He should be smart enough to know that you don't just ignore it and hope it goes away by itself!

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oldvet 5 years, 10 months ago

Do we have another blue dress here???

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Eride 5 years, 10 months ago

I blame that ridiculous show CSI for making people believe that lab testing evidence can be done in an hour out of the back of an SUV. This kind of thing isn't unusual. There aren't many labs and these tests can take a long time. Try asking police detectives how long it can take for some of this stuff to come back...

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