La’el Collins (No. 70) is shown at an LSU game in Oct. 2014. He’s in Chicago for the NFL draft but is expected to return to Baton Rouge afterward and speak to police.
A top NFL offensive line prospect is wanted for questioning in Louisiana after his pregnant former girlfriend was shot dead at her Baton Rouge home, police said.
La’el Collins, a 21-year-old standout at LSU, is in Chicago for Thursday night’s NFL draft, where he’s expected to be selected in the first round because he’s considered a top-four prospect.
But a report later Wednesday said Collins planned to leave Chicago to speak with investigators in Baton Rouge.
He’d been mentioned as a possibility to be taken by the Giants, who pick at No. 9 and are expected to try and bulk up their offensive line.
He was at a draft event in Chicago Wednesday morning, but declined to answer questions from reporters, NFL.com reported.
Brittney Mills was found shot dead around 10:30 p.m. Friday at her Baton Rouge home. Her unborn son survived.
Brittany Mills, 29, was shot to death after opening her door Friday night to someone police believe she knew, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
The heavily pregnant woman once dated Collins, according to ESPN, and authorities are working to determine if Collins is the father of her child, who was delivered by surgeons and survived the ordeal.
“We took the investigation seriously,” Collins’ attorney, Jim Boren told ESPN. “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.”
Collins is a Baton Rouge native who stayed in his hometown to attend Louisiana State University, a college football powerhouse that consistently churns out top NFL prospects.
La’el Collins one of 27 prospects scheduled to attend draft; he decided more important to try to prove his innocence than walk across stage.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2015
“There are numerous other people who are going to be interviewed,” Lt. Johnny Dunnam, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, told the Advocate. “So he is one of many.”
Collins’ attorney hired a private investigator to substantiate an alibi proving that the NFL hopeful wasn’t near the murder scene, Boren told the Advocate.
“We have identified where La’el was the day the lady was murdered to establish he was nowhere around,” Boren told ESPN. “We have offered to give names, witnesses who can vouch for his whereabouts that day until after the woman’s body was discovered. We believe that when [police] have verified that information, that they will rule him out as a suspect in the homicide, just as I believe he should be.”
Collins is expected to speak to Baton Rouge police after the draft. An ESPN mock draft from Monday has Collins going to Indianapolis Colts with the 29th pick in the first round.
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