La'el Collins Wanted for Questioning by Police in Death of Pregnant Woman

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2015

Jul 16, 2014; Hoover, AL, USA; LSU Tigers tackle La'el Collins talks to the media during the SEC Football Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, considered by many to be a potential first-round draft pick, is wanted for questioning regarding the death of his alleged ex-girlfriend Brittney Mills in Baton Rouge. 

Continue for updates.

Mills' Daughter Dies

Friday, May 1 

Albert Breer of NFL Network reported the daughter of Collins' alleged ex-girlfriend has died, according to Baton Rouge police.

Ross Delenger of The Advocate reported Collins will take a paternity test to determine if he was the father of the child.

Collins Will Meet With Police After the Draft

Friday, May 1

Breer reported that Collins will speak to police after the draft. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed that, and reported that Collins would speak to them on Monday. 

Collins' Agent's Request to Have Tackle Removed From Draft Denied

Thursday, April 30

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Collins agent was attempting to have him removed from the draft, and placed in the Supplemental Draft. However, later in the day, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the request was denied, and that Collins would remain in the draft. 

Collins Wanted for Questioning

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Tuesday, April 27 

ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke to Baton Rouge police Lt. Jonny Dunnam, who indicated Collins is not a suspect at this time but is being sought for potential information. The woman, Brittany Mills, was pregnant at the time of her death.

Jim Boren, the attorney retained by Collins, has spoken with the lead detective and prosecutor in charge of the case. 

"We took the investigation seriously," Boren told Schefter. "We've tried to rule him out as a suspect. We're going to provide that information to the police, and ultimately (Collins) will sit down and talk to them. But the timing is poor."     

The poor timing that Boren mentions is in reference to the upcoming NFL draft, and Charles Robinson of Yahoo reported teams are searching for details on the investigation:

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

LSU OT La'el Collins is getting removed from multiple #NFL draft boards pending some additional clarity on this murder case by Thurs night.

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

I spoke to one team that says they have reached out to NFL security in hopes of getting some additional help on La'el Collins' status.

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

La'el Collins not a suspect in this murder case, but a team executive said teams are seeking "anything they can get" in terms of added info

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein echoed those sentiments:

Lance Zierlein @LanceZierlein

Just texted a league executive asking whether or not La'el Collins was clear on his board right now or not. His response, "clearly off"

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk noted further details on Thursday regarding how NFL teams view the situation:

Collins’s attorney said that he was “nowhere around” Brittany Mills at the time of her murder, but his pro career may be on hold until there’s some more certainty on where Collins fits into the investigation. There has been increasing talk in league circles that Collins neither draftable nor employable until/unless he is fully exonerated of any wrongdoing in the matter by law enforcement.

Schefter reported that Collins left Chicago, where he was attending the NFL draft, in order to clear his name. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com noted that Collins' original intention was to submit his paternity tests on Monday before deciding to leave Chicago.

Earlier on Wednesday, Collins left media availability, declining to answer questions, via Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune.   

Collins is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft on Thursday. Schefter reported a "handful of teams have become aware of the incident and would like to know if police determine that Collins is the father of the infant who was delivered after Mills' death."

ESPN.com's Todd McShay previously projected Collins to be the No. 23 overall pick to the Detroit Lions.

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