Sat, Oct. 19

Trial date confirmed in Seth Collins 260 highway crash case

Seth Collins

Seth Collins

CAMP VERDE-- Judge Michael Bluff Monday confirmed the trial date for 45-year-old Seth Collins to begin in October. When originally set in June, Bluff had "double-booked" the trial with an unrelated trial of another man in custody.

A serious DUI-charged crash, which injured a van-load of eight people is at the root of the Collins' charges. Collins, said to have crossed the double-yellow line before crashing his pickup into the van, is charged with 23 mainly felony counts for that case alone. In addition to the accident charges, Collins is charged in two additional cases involving possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was already the second setting for trial. The first trial date was vacated when Collins agreed to a plea. But he backed out of the plea last November when it was modified to include more serious charges.

Still, Defense Attorney Matthew Springer told the judge that he is still working on several issues including the toxicology report and that "there is still the possibility of a non-trial resolution."

Earlier, he had alluded that he may call an expert witness.

The 15-day accident trial will begin October 18 and be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ending Nov. 10.

Judge Bluff also set an Oct. 16 pre-trial and status conference for the two additional Collins cases.

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