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Police: Man arrested in hammer assault case also wanted for questioning in recent homicide

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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:30 am

A Killeen man arrested Sunday on an assault warrant also may know something about a recent homicide case, according to police.

Carlos Derell Collins Jr., 27, was arraigned Sunday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set Collins’ bail at $1 million, unusually high for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.

Collins was arrested after a Crime Stoppers tip led police to a Temple hotel Sunday, according to police.

The assault charge stems from a Jan. 14 incident in which a man claimed Collins hit him in the head with a hammer.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim met Collins, whom he knew as “Steve” on Craigslist. The victim said he and Collins were lying naked on a bed when Collins struck him in the back of the head with an unknown object, the affidavit stated.

The victim said he blacked out “a little” and Collins ran off. Police recovered a hammer from the bedroom where the attack occurred. The victim later identified Collins as the person he knew as “Steve.”

A warrant for Collins’ arrest was issued Jan. 16, and Killeen police asked the public for information on his whereabouts in a news release Jan. 18.

That news release also stated police wanted to “speak with” Collins regarding a homicide on Anderson Avenue.

On Jan. 15, police found 32-year-old Sean William Schuman dead in his apartment on Anderson Avenue in Killeen.

An autopsy determined the death was a homicide, and Schuman died from blunt-force injuries to the head.

Currently, Collins is in custody in Bell County Jail on the assault charge. As of Tuesday, he was not arraigned on any other charges.

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