Police investigating new Villa Rica lawmaker in domestic dispute

Villa Rica police are investigating a domestic dispute between newly elected state lawmaker J. Collins and his wife.

Kim Collins called 911 this past Friday morning and said her husband was preventing her from leaving the funeral home that bears J. Collins’ name.

Kim Collins told the 911 operator that her husband “won’t let me out of the building,” and that “he’s wrapped the phone cord around my neck,” but had otherwise had not threatened her.

Asked if there weapons in the funeral home, Kim Collins said there was a “knife on the desk and two shotguns leaned up against the wall.”

J. Collins called 911 while his wife was still on the phone with a different 911 operator. In his call, placed two minutes after hers, J. Collins claims that his wife was attempting to take documents from his business that did not belong to her.

Both calls ended when police arrived at the funeral home.

Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix said no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed but that the incident is under investigation. Shaddix refused to release incident reports or other records.

J. Collins did not return requests for comment. Kim Collins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she does not plan to press charges.

“And I don’t have any comment at this time,” Kim Collins said. “My husband is a wonderful man and I love him dearly.”

J. Collins, a former Villa Rica mayor, won a three-way Republican primary in May for House District 68 and faces no opposition in November.

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