Judge weighing merits of trial for childhood crime
CONROE, Texas (AP) -- A judge says she will take less than a day to decide whether a Southeast Texas man will be tried as an adult for allegedly dousing a boy with gasoline as a teenager in 1998.
Testimony and closing arguments concluded Wednesday following a three-day court hearing in Conroe (KAHN'-roh) to determine if 28-year-old Don Willburn Collins will be tried for murder in the death of Robert Middleton. Collins was 13 at the time.
State District Judge Kathleen Hamilton says she'll issue her ruling at 8:30 a.m. CST Thursday.
Authorities allege Collins poured gasoline on Middleton on his eighth birthday and set him on fire. Middleton survived but died in 2011 from skin cancer that authorities say was caused by the burns.
Collins' attorney is questioning the constitutionality of the case.