Archive for Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Collins tests stalled at KBI

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


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."


Munsoned 10 years ago

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Munsoned 10 years ago

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

nobody1793 10 years ago

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

gweezy 10 years ago

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jayhawkerz 10 years ago

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

Evan Ridenour 10 years 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...

lily 10 years 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.

Munsoned 10 years ago

And, the season WAS over when it happened.

oldvet 10 years ago

Do we have another blue dress here???

gweezy 10 years 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.

packs_of_wild_dogzz 10 years 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.

packs_of_wild_dogzz 10 years ago

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Drew Alan 10 years 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

Thats_messed_up 10 years ago

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

Bob Forer 10 years ago

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

Baille 10 years 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?

tenziewenzie 10 years 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.

sherbert 10 years 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!

hail2oldku 10 years 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.

smarty_pants 10 years 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.

jonas 10 years 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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