Decapitation Murder Trial Begins in Panama City

An accused killer is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in Panama City.

21 year old Blake Collier was arrested two years ago for violating his probation on a burglary charge.

But deputies were already investigating the disappearance of his wife.

18 year old Lena Hing had been reported missing by her parents.

Collier was charged with murder after her headless body was found in a marsh in Callaway.

Investigators say Collier confessed to strangling the woman and decapitating her.

Collier is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, but Judge Michael Overstreet has already ruled that Collier is competent to stand trial.

Collier has also waived his right to a trial by jury.

That means it will be up to Judge Overstreet to determine if Collier is guilty or innocent.

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  • by ECC Location: Tallahassee, FL. on May 1, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    I knew Blake well a few years ago and would come and visit him on Big Daddy Dr. We were very close but in the back of my mind I always knew that he was very sick. I remember when I received the phone call from a female telling me that Blake had killed his wife and cut off her head!I didn't know what to think of the message but to my surprise it was true. I miss the Blake that I knew, but I am sure Lena's family will miss her more and that Emma will miss growing up without a mother or a father. This is truely a tragedy,and I hope that Blake is punished to the full extent of the law!I will keep Lena and her family in my prayers.
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