April 27, 2015
Michael O. Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney
300 S. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55487
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Helping crime victims
April 19-25 was National Crime Victims’ Right Week, a recognition by the U.S. Justice Department that victims have rights that must be protected and their voices are crucial to prosecutor’s work.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has been in the forefront of that effort. For more than 30 years, the county attorney’svictim/witness advocates have contacted victims of crimes early in the process. The advocates help the victims understand what they can expect as the case makes its way through the courts. What is the criminal charge, when is the next court hearing, do I have to testify and many more questions are answered by the advocates, guaranteeing that victims’ rights are upheld and their voices heard.
We have bi-cultural, bilingual advocates, many of whom have expertise working with child victims while others have expertise dealing with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, gangs and juvenile crime. Providing support, resources and information plays a strong role in seeking justice for victims.
Collins charged in son’s murder
Pierre Barlee Collins was charged with a single count of second-degree murder in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced at a news conference.
Collins, 33, of Crystal, was arrested April 13 and charged the next day. Bail was set at $2 million.
Police used video and cell phone evidence to track Collins to an area of the Mississippi River on the day Barway went missing. Barway’s body later was found in that area.
Prolific burglar caught
A Shakopee man was charged in connection with a home burglary and he is suspected of committing numerous suburban burglaries over the past year.
David William Pollard, 45, was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon.
“We will work to link him to as many of these burglaries as the evidence allows and keep him off the street as long as possible,” Freeman said.