A former congressional candidate in Georgia has been charged with murder after her former campaign manager was found dead in an apartment, according to local reports.
Kellie Collins, of Thomson, Ga., who had submitted her candidacy for the Democratic nomination to challenge a Republican incumbent for Georgia’s 10th congressional District in the 2018 midterms before dropping out, turned herself into authorities in McDuffie County, outside of Augusta, last week, the Augusta Chronicle reported. She has been charged with murder and grand larceny, the newspaper reported.
The victim, Curtis Cain, 41, was Collins’s campaign manager, WSB-TV reported. He was found dead Aug. 7 at his apartment in Aiken, S.C., which he shared with Collins, according to the State newspaper. It is not clear if the two were married or not, as some outlets have reported. The county coroner ruled that Cain died from loss of blood after being shot, WRDW reported.
The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Department did not return a request for comment.
According to WSB-TV, sheriff’s deputies found Cain dead from what appeared to be a gunshot wound after he didn’t show up for work. The body had been there for a couple of days, the coroner said.
Collins had submitted her candidacy in January 2017, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. She raised about $5,500 before her last filing in July 2017. She dropped out of the race for personal reasons, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Tabitha Johnson-Green won the Democratic bid in May to face the incumbent Rep. Jody B. Hice.
In an interview with a blog called Girls Really Rule, Collins spoke about her support for women, minorities, disabled people and members of the LGBT community.
Correction, Aug. 14: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Kellie Collins is from Thomason. She lives in Thomson, Ga.