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    TX - Robbie Middleton set ablaze at 8, dead of related cancer, Splendora, 2011

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-penny-it.html

    Don Wilburn Collins, currently imprisoned on an unrelated sexual assault charge, who they believe is responsible for the death of their son Robbie.



    Mr Middleton gave a deposition from his hospital bed accusing Collins of dousing him with gasoline, setting him on fire and sexually assulated him when he was eight-years-old.

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    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...or-2419109.php

    Colleen and Robert Middleton don't expect to collect a dime of the $150 billion a civil jury awarded them this week in the death of their son.

    They just want the person they say is responsible for his death to be brought to trial. Frustrated at prosecutors' decision to drop the 1998 assault case, the family sought justice - and public awareness - in the civil courts.


    #1 Respectfully, why would a court of law even ALLOW this type of judgment knowing there is NO WAY he can pays this (heck, our own gov't couldn't afford this)
    #2 Where are the criminal charges?

    Sad situation. Do we have a thread dedicated to this crime?

    No thread but it appears the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to charge him with the crime in 1998 (or the crime of molestation)

    Where is this monster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by krimekat View Post
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...or-2419109.php

    Colleen and Robert Middleton don't expect to collect a dime of the $150 billion a civil jury awarded them this week in the death of their son.

    They just want the person they say is responsible for his death to be brought to trial. Frustrated at prosecutors' decision to drop the 1998 assault case, the family sought justice - and public awareness - in the civil courts.


    #1 Respectfully, why would a court of law even ALLOW this type of judgment knowing there is NO WAY he can pays this (heck, our own gov't couldn't afford this)
    #2 Where are the criminal charges?

    Sad situation. Do we have a thread dedicated to this crime?

    No thread but it appears the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to charge him with the crime in 1998 (or the crime of molestation)

    Where is this monster?
    Yeah, I get the punitive nature of the judgment but WOW!
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    The prosecutor in the case of Robbie Middleton, the 8-year-old boy who was doused with gasoline and set on fire in 1998, explains why he let the case go.

    dated May 16, 2011

    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Prose...121921229.html

    In an unrelated case, Collins was later convicted in 2001 for the aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old boy. He is currently in prison for failure to register as a sex offender.

    Middleton’s mother is pushing now for a murder investigation.

    “I want Robert to be treated fairly. I want them to take it all present it to a grand jury and let them decide,” Colleen Middleton said.


    I hope this monster is still incarcerated . . .
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    There appears to be a contradiction with what this prosecutor is saying now with what newspapers apparently reported he was saying after the attack. He doesn't recall that? Where would newspaper get it from?
    "Newspaper articles from shortly after the attack quoted Pattillo as saying Middleton had implicated Collins to authorities. Pattillo said he doesn't recall that and stands by his statements above."
    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Prose...121921229.html
    Just my opinion

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    11 News also asked about a confession 13-year-old Collins had reportedly made while in custody.

    "He did," Pattillo acknowledged, but added "there were problems with it."

    Pattillo’s philosophy was that it was “better to let him go and get him in the future, than try him and lose it.”


    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Prose...121921229.html

    I'm sorry but this "prosecutor" is an idiot! Let's tell his other victims that the state wanted to to catch him the next time!

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    What an awful dumb thing for Pattilo to say, or even think. Get him in the furture after he lights another child on fire?

    The horrible pain of this boys family ,seeing the evil done to their baby and he forces the thought on them that this guy will commit this crime again?

    The prosecutor is out of touch just a bit.

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    Rest in Peace, Robbie, your horrific story breaks my heart.



    Boy tied to tree and burned alive on his eighth birthday names his 'attacker' 13 years later in chilling death-bed video

    Robbie Middleton was doused in gasoline and set on fire on his eighth birthday in 1998
    He died 13 years later from cancer caused by the burns covering his body
    In a video recorded on his deathbed he accused his alleged attacker Don Collins of raping him two weeks before he was set on fire
    Don Collins, now 27, is to be charged with felony murder
    By SARA MALM
    PUBLISHED: 16:19 GMT, 16 October 2012 | UPDATED: 19:57 GMT, 16 October 2012


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz29WKRzbES
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    I just came here to see if there was a thread.

    FTR, Donnie Collins is a RSO after the rape of another child in the late nineties. I don't think there was ever any doubt of his guilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oblio View Post
    I just came here to see if there was a thread.

    FTR, Donnie Collins is a RSO after the rape of another child in the late nineties. I don't think there was ever any doubt of his guilt.

    I gather that, from the little that I have read.

    WTH was the monster not locked up? Outrageous.



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    Authorities move toward charging man in burn victim’s attack, death
    http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Autho...224156681.html

    HOUSTON—Authorities have made the first step toward charging a Montgomery County man with a horrific murder, 15 years after a little boy was set on fire.

    Back in 1998 Don Collins was accused of dousing his neighbor Robbie Middleton with gasoline, setting him on fire, and leaving him for dead.

    Middleton survived, but died two years ago of cancer caused by skin grafts. Before he died, Middleton made a deathbed accusation that Collins had sexually assaulted him two weeks before the attack.


    Sick case all around.




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    Texas man indicted for capital murder for childhood attack on boy who died 13 years later
    A Texas man was indicted Thursday for capital murder in a childhood attack on a boy who died nearly 13 years later from skin cancer blamed on the horrific burns he suffered in the assault.
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    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neig...ry-5805260.php

    A state district judge ruled Monday that the trial of a man charged with dousing a boy with gasoline and setting him ablaze 16 years ago, causing injuries that eventually killed him, should be moved out of Montgomery County because of widespread publicity that could sway potential jurors.

    State District Judge Kathleen Hamilton has agreed to a defense request to move the long-awaited trial of Donald Collins, 29, to another location. Collins is being held in the Montgomery County jail on a $1 million bond.

    Hamilton asked both the defense and prosecuting attorneys to meet with her Thursday to decide upon an alternate site for the trial, which is set to begin Jan. 5.

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    http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/couri...a0b2b39ce.html

    A venue change was granted earlier in the week for the capital murder trial against Don Collins, 29, and Judge Kathleen Hamilton, of the 359th state District Court, ruled Wednesday morning the trial setting would be in Galveston County, nearly 85 miles south of Montgomery County.

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    Jury selection begins tomorrow:

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neig...6054775.php#/0

    The Montgomery County man accused of pouring gasoline on an 8-year-old boy and setting him ablaze in 1998 - contributing to his death 13 years later - goes on trial this week for capital murder in Galveston, 85 miles southeast of where the attack took place.

    Prosecutors say Don Collins of New Caney, now 29, was 13 when he set out to silence a victim of a sexual attack two weeks earlier. They say he caught Robbie Middleton on a wooded path, soaked him with gasoline and set him on fire, burning him so badly that only the soles of his feet were undamaged.

    Middleton survived until age 20, but a medical examiner ruled his 2011 death to be a homicide because he succumbed to a cancer caused only by repeated skin grafts. Collins, a convicted sex offender, maintains he is innocent.

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