Former LSU lineman La'el Collins met with police investigators Monday morning, hoping to clear his name in the ongoing murder investigation of Brittney Mills and her infant son.
Mills, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was shot and killed at her home in Baton Rouge on April 24. Emergency responders were able to deliver her son, but the baby passed away in the hospital this past Friday. Collins was believed to be an ex-boyfriend of Mills and a possible father to the child. Collins reportedly submitted to a paternity test as part of the meeting.
BRPD never has ruled Collins a suspect in the double-murder, but police have wanted to question him for more than a week. That connection scared all 32 teams from selecting Collins, a projected first-round pick, in the NFL Draft over the weekend.
Now Collins has taken a big step in putting this all behind him. Collins' attorney told reporters after the meeting that the former LSU Tiger answered every question from investigators and they're hoping police will officially clear him of all speculation.
"In my mind, he's been cleared from the beginning," said attorney Jim Boren, according to The Advocate.
The BRPD released this statement in an email to media:
"Collins fully cooperated with investigators and is still not considered a suspect in the homicide."
Collins' only remaining option to pursue his NFL dreams is to sign as an undrafted free agent. No teams have made an offer yet, waiting until police official clear him. Collins will likely have multiple options though assuming that does happen in the near future.
Collins still stands to make much less money than he would have as a first-round pick. Collins would've landed millions in guaranteed money, but he'll instead be limited to the same figures as any other undrafted free agent. Teams are limited to only about $80,000 to spend on all UDFAs, meaning Collins will likely only make a few thousand dollars in his signing bonus and the league minimum if he makes a team's roster.
That's likely not the most important thing on Collins' mind though. His first priority is clearing his name, and he began that process Monday by meeting with investigators.
LSU lineman La'El Collins meets with police
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