A New Orleans woman who claims her drunk fiancé tried to kill her has been charged with murder after evidence didn’t back up her story, police said.
Laura Collins, 33, admitted to investigators that she strangled her fiancé – whose name has not been released – in their home in the city’s St. Claude section early Tuesday, according to court records cited by NOLA.com.
Collins told police and neighbors she “choked … out” her beloved after he returned home from drinking alcohol and attacked her, prompting her to “put him in a chokehold,” court records show.
The woman’s neighbors, who called police, later told investigators Collins went back to the home to make sure she didn’t have to “choke” him “out again,” records show.
Collins’ fiancé, who had blood on his face and a bruise to the back of his head, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Collins, who is awaiting trial for allegedly killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in January 2020, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge after cops determined her injuries weren’t “consistent with the possibility” that she could have died during the alleged attack.
She also has a history of domestic violence incidents during which she was arrested as the “aggressor,” police wrote in records without elaborating, NOLA.com reported.
Collins remained held without bond early Thursday at a jail in New Orleans. Her next appearance in court has not been set, records show.
An attorney for Collins, Stavros Panagoulopoulos, declined to comment on the allegations. If convicted, she faces a mandatory life sentence, NOLA.com reported.
Collins previously pleaded not guilty in October to charges of manslaughter and obstruction of justice in a January 2020 hit-and-run crash that killed 58-year-old bicyclist Lloyd Smith.
Police said Collins fled the scene, but she was later arrested. She had been released on $45,000 bond when she was busted for murder Tuesday. Her next court date in the hit-and-run case had not been scheduled, NOLA.com reported