OLATHE, Kan. - A jury found Stephen Collier guilty of killing his wife's live-in nurse. The trial for the Olathe man ended Friday and sentencing is expected sometime in December.
Collier, 60, denied the charges throughout his trial this week in Johnson County.
On Friday, a jury convicted him on a lesser charge of second-degree murder. Originally, the District Attorney charged Collier with first-degree murder.
Police found Susanne Goslin's body in Collier's home on December 28, 2011. According to police reports, she died of a gunshot wound. Goslin was familiar with the home because she served as caretaker to Collier’s ill wife.
During the trial, Collier contended Goslin was drunk and suicidal the night she died and he was attempting to take a gun away from her when the bullet fired. The jury didn’t believe he was completely innocent of the crime. However, the lesser conviction indicates they do not think Collier planned the shooting.
Collier is back in court on November 27. The Assistant District Attorney assigned to this case said Friday that he expected sentencing to take place before Christmas.
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