A former Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District has been arrested and charged in the murder of her campaign treasurer.
Kellie Lynn Collins, 30, turned herself in to authorities in Georgia this week, after being named as a suspect in the killing of a South Carolina man. According to WRDW-TV, she is being held in the McDuffie County Jail on charges of murder and grand larceny awaiting extradition across the state line.
Collins is accused in the death of 41-year-old Curt Cain, who served as the treasurer of her 2018 campaign. According to Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah, Collins had been living with Cain and might have been married to him.
Cain was found dead at his apartment in Aiken County, South Carolina, during a well-being check on Tuesday. He had been shot, and an autopsy ruled that his death was a homicide. Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release that Cain died from loss of blood on Aug. 4.
WRDW reported that the victim’s blue Subaru Legacy was missing from the scene when they found his body, leading to the larceny charge against Collins.
“Without the assistance of McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the exceptional work of the investigators of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, this arrest would not have been possible,” Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt said.
“We hope this will bring some closure to the family of the victim,” he added.
According to the Aiken Standard, Cain worked at Swiss Krono in Barnwell, South Carolina, for 14 years. His employer called the police to request the well-being check.
Cain was also pursuing his MBA at USC Aiken. Chancellor Sandra Jordan said he had been set to complete the program next week.
“According to the School of Business faculty, Curt was one of the top students in his class and had a promising future ahead of him,” Jordan said.
Collins dropped out of the congressional race for personal reasons before the Democratic primary. Her former campaign manager expressed shock over her arrest, telling the Augusta Chronicle, “I didn’t think anything like this could happen.”
Tabitha Johnson-Green won the 10th District’s Democratic primary in July. She will take on incumbent Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) in the general election in November.