Murder charge against man blaming God for shooting


Anthony Collins was charged with second-degree murder after shooting a friend and then walking around the victim’s yard saying “God made me do it,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

 Collins, 44, who has no permanent address, is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is seeking bail of $1 million.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a house at 1415 Morgan Ave. N at about 3:30 p.m. Monday on a shooting. When they arrived, they found 38-year-old Christopher Porter, who lived there, lying on his back in the front yard, suffering from a bullet wound.

Porter was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died. When police arrived, they also saw Collins wandering around the yard, talking. He refused to obey the officers’ commands and made his hand into the shape of a gun and put it to his head. Eventually, he was handcuffed and police found a .44 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in the grass near where Collins was apprehended. It is being tested for fingerprints and DNA, the complaint states.

Neighbors and other witnesses told police that the two men had been friends for years and it was not unusual for Collins to visit at the house. However, when interviewed by police, Collins denied knowing Porter, according to the complaint.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)