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HOURS TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE: NFL potenial 1st round pick rushes back to Louisiana to speak with police over murder

April 30, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
HOURS TO PROVE HIS INNOCENCE: NFL potenial 1st round pick rushes back to Louisiana to speak with police over murder

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With the final hours counting down to tonight’s NFL Draft, a potential first-round draft pick finds himself at a major crossroads.

La’el Collins, an offensive guard from LSU, has mere hours left to clear his name of the murder of an ex-girlfriend. It will either see him earn millions playing in the NFL or possibly ruin the chance of a lifetime and become a murder suspect.

For Collins, his future is clearly on the line in Thursday night’s NFL draft. The offensive tackle, who is projected to be among the first players drafted, abruptly departed the event in Chicago to go home to Louisiana to talk to the police who are investigating the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The All-American offensive tackle hopes to clear his name of any involvement ahead of tonight’s crucial first round selection of the draft, the round where players who are selected receive lucrative contracts. Many NFL scouts have Collins rated as the top lineman on the draft board, with many of the top picks attending the event.

Collins nor his attorney have not contacted detectives to schedule an interview as of Wednesday, said Lt. Jonny Dunnam, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Police stress that Collins is not a suspect in the shooting death of 8 month pregnant Brittney Mills, 29, last Friday night in the doorway of her Baton Rouge residence.

However, Baton Rouge Police said they want to question him the 21-year-old Collins because the believe he may have been romantically linked to Mills. Investigators are unclear if the baby, who survived, who the father is or if it belongs to Collins..

“There a number of other people who we want to interview, So he is one of many,” Dunnam said in an interview. According to Ian Rapport, from NFL.com Collins agreed to a paternity test to determine if he is the child is his.

Emergency responders who arrived at Mills’ home shortly around 10:30 pm on Friday discovered the front door slightly opened and the body of Mills, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Paramedics rushed the body of Mills to the hospital where doctors managed to deliver the unborn male infant, who is expected to survive.

Jim Boren, the attorney for Collins, said earlier this week he has been in constant communication with Baton Rouge detectives and said Collins will cooperate. The attorney called the timing of the investigation “poor,” and said a private investigator was hired to confirm Collins’ whereabouts and prove he was nowhere near the scene of the murder. Police believe Mills let someone she may have known into her apartment.

“We have identified where La’el was the day the lady was murdered to establish he was nowhere around,” Boren told ESPN. “We have offered to give names, witnesses who can vouch for his whereabouts that day until after the woman’s body was discovered.”

Collins has never gotten in trouble with the law. A Former Eagle Scout, whose background has been described as squeaky clean by NFL scouts. However, many NFL experts say having a player associated with a murder investigation could prevent teams from drafting him, according to NFL experts.

According to NFL.com draft guru, Mike Mayock many teams will not draft Collins in any of the seven rounds unless he is cleared unequivocally of any involvement by police.

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said he’s talked to every NFL team about Collins and hopes his draft stock won’t be affected.

“La’el is one of the finest kids I’ve been around,” LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. He added, “I believe the NFL feels the same way. We look forward to him having a long career in the NFL.”

Tonight’s first round draft begins at 8 p.m. The event is being held in Chicago. The 2nd and 3rd rounds are scheduled for Friday, and it wraps up on Saturday with rounds 4 through 7.

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