Ruling in ’98 assault is ‘tremendous victory’ for Robbie Middleton’s family
By Cindy Horswell |
Photo By Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle
Donald Wilburn Collins is escorted into the 359th State District Court Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Conroe.
Judge Kathleen Hamilton on Thursday ruled Donald Collins will be tried as an adult for allegedly burning a Splendora boy with gasoline 15 years ago.
Collins, now 28, was a teenager in 1998 when his 8-year-old neighbor, Robbie Middleton, was doused with gasoline, tied to a tree and set on fire. Middleton, who was severely disfigured in the assault, survived but died in 2011 from cancer that a medical examiner said was caused by his burns. His death was ruled a homicide.