For­mer con­gres­sional can­di­date charged with mur­der of her cam­paign staffer

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A woman who re­cently ran for a con­gres­sional seat was ar­rested for mur­der among other charges last week, ac­cord­ing to the Aiken County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Curt Cain, the man that Kel­lie Lynn Collins is charged with shoot­ing to death, worked on her failed con­gres­sional cam­paign in Ge­or­gia, the Au­gusta Chron­i­cle re­ported.

He also might have been her hus­band, ac­cord­ing to Cap­tain Eric Ab- dul­lah.

“It is a pos­si­bil­ity that he was mar­ried to her,” Ab­dul­lah told The State Thurs­day, say­ing that is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, but con­firm­ing Collins lived with Cain in his Aiken apart­ment — where his body was dis­cov­ered.

Sher­iff’s deputies found Cain had been shot to death Tues­day af­ter re­spond­ing to a well-be­ing check, ac­cord­ing to Ab­dul­lah.

Aiken County Coro­ner Tim Carl­ton per­formed an au­topsy on the 41-year-old and de­ter­mined he died Aug. 4 from a loss of blood af­ter be­ing shot, per WRDW.

Ab­dul­lah said Collins was iden­ti­fied as a sus­pect, and she sur­ren­dered her­self to the McDuffie County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in Ge­or­gia. The 30-year-old Aiken res­i­dent has been charged with mur­der and grand larceny.

The sec­ond charge stems from deputies’ dis­cov­ery that Cain’s blue Subaru Legacy was miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to Ab­dul­lah.

He did not know if Collins was in pos­ses­sion of the car when she sur­ren­dered to law en­force­ment in Ge­or­gia, where she is cur­rently be­ing held un­til she is ex­tra­dited to S.C.

Collins was pre­vi­ously a Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­date in Ge­or­gia’s 10th dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to The Red & Black, which re­ported she dropped out of the race be­fore the pri­mary, “for per­sonal rea­sons.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, Cain served as trea­surer on Collins’ cam­paign, the Au­gusta Chron­i­cle re­ported.

The Aiken County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and that there is no timetable for Collins’ ex­tra­di­tion.

Kel­lie Lynn Collins

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