She showed no emotion as Hees testified on the sordid case.
Hees said McGhee claimed she went to meet Collins and his brother Chad Collins, 24, on the night of the murder to perform “escort services.” She brought along another woman and two men for “protection.”
Hees said the two men were known to gang detectives, though he wasn't sure which gang. He could find no evidence either Collins brother was involved in a gang.
Police have said the meeting was a date and that the two men attempted to rob Jordan Collins before he was shot to death and his brother was wounded. Family of the victim disputed the notion that the brothers would employ escorts.
"I'm certain they weren't escorts," sister Franchesca Collins said after the hearing. That's "a story they came up with" to muddy the waters.
McGhee’s attorney, Cal Leipold, challenged the state’s case, which he characterized as murky and weak. He pointed out that Hees hadn’t accused McGhee of pulling the trigger or even witnessing the shooting.
“There’s no way she should be sitting here charged with murder,” he said.
The state, however, is relying on Georgia’s party-to-a-crime statute, which makes it so anyone who aids in the commission of a crime is legally just as guilty as those who carry it out.
Magistrate Judge Howard W. Indermark upheld the charges and found probable cause to allow the state to proceed with the case in superior court.
The other three suspects are scheduled to have hearings later this month. They're all charged with murder and held without bond in the county jail.