Lawrence man charged with aiding defendant in teen homicide is taken into custody in another case, held on a $25,000 bond

photo by: Mugshot courtesy of the KBI Violent Offenders Registry

Camdon Joe Collins is pictured with the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

A Lawrence man who is charged with aiding a defendant in a teen homicide case was taken into custody on Saturday in an unrelated case.

The man, Camdon Joe Collins, 20, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of obstructing apprehension or prosecution by knowingly helping a person charged with a felony escape or avoid conviction or punishment. The charging document alleges that Collins aided Derrick Del Reed, 17, of Lawrence, on or about June 6.

Reed is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder. He is alleged to have fatally shot Kamarjay Shaw, 14, of Lawrence, in the 1300 block of Maple Lane sometime before 5 p.m. on March 18, as the Journal-World reported.

Reed has maintained the shooting was in self-defense. During an immunity hearing on June 2 supporters of Reed and Shaw were forced out of the courtroom by Judge Sally Pokorny after multiple outbursts and interruptions. Law enforcement then struggled to control the unruly crowd that spilled out onto the lawn of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., and the building was temporarily locked down, as the Journal-World reported.

Reed is next scheduled to appear in court on July 10, when his self-defense hearing is expected to wrap up and the state is scheduled to argue that Reed should be tried as an adult.

photo by: Images courtesy of the Lawrence Police Department

Images police released of Derrick Del Reed and the Chrysler 300 he was driving while police searched for him after the shooting of Kamarjay Shaw, 14, on March 18, 2023.

Collins was last scheduled to appear in court on June 8 for a pretrial conference regarding one misdemeanor count of battery on a law enforcement officer in connection with an unrelated incident on Dec. 18, 2022, in the 1500 block of Lindenwood Lane, according to court records. A $2,000 cash or surety warrant was issued in that case.

Collins was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Eudora by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies with assistance from Eudora police after he was identified during a traffic stop and he was taken into custody on outstanding warrants without incident, said George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Collins was convicted in 2021 of one count of felony criminal discharge of a firearm for an incident on Jan. 4, 2021, in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street. His brother, Jaren Bailey Collins, 21, of McLouth, was convicted of aggravated assault in connection with the same incident, as the Journal-World reported.

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Jaren B. Collins

Both men were granted probation for the incident. Jaren was given one year of probation, which he completed in July of 2022, while Camdon was given two years of probation that was set to expire in September. Camdon has an underlying sentence of 12 months in prison. An affidavit in support of a probation violation has been filed in that case, according to court records. Camdon is also required to register as a violent offender until 2036.

A court date has yet to be set for him. He is being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond for the obstruction charge and another $2,000 bond for failing to appear in connection with his battery on a law enforcement officer charge.


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