Former candidate charged shooting death of campaign treasurer, backed gun control during race


Politics meets murder mystery Georgia-lina. A former Georgia Congressional candidate is now charged with the murder of her campaign treasurer.

Thomson woman, Kellie Collins, turned herself into the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office the same day authorities in Aiken County found Curtis Cain’s body in his apartment on Old Powderhouse Road. The local investigation is gaining national attention with organizations like Fox News, The New York Post and the Daily Mail picking up the story.

NewsChannel 6’s Ashley Osborne did some digging into Collins’ political past. Athens, GA news agency, Online Athens, reported one of the positions highlighted on her website was “responsible” gun regulation. Collins said we need to, “shield the community from the effects of firearms falling into the wrong hands.” One year later, she is behind bars charged with the shooting death of her former campaign treasurer.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff’s office, the suspicion started Tuesday when Curtis Cain did not show up to work at Swiss Krono in Barnwell. The Aiken County Coroner told NewsChannel 6 Cain had worked for the company for 14 years.

When deputies got to Cain’s house on Old Powderhouse Road, they found him shot dead. The coroner says he believes Cain died on Saturday, four days before he was found. Investigators also discovered Cain’s blue Subaru Legacy was missing. Collins now faces a charge of Grand Larceny on top of the murder charge.

While running for Congress, Collins told an online blog called Girls Really Rule, she planned to “practice what I preach and be a proponent of public policies that benefit the community as a whole.”

Collins is also quoted in the blog saying, “When your friends and family are depending on you to make ethical decisions that affect their lives for many years a member of Congress should hold her or himself to a much higher standard than the bare minimum that many GOP members are currently using as a benchmark.” 

Collins’ website,, no longer exists, but when it did, Online Athens says the democratic candidate was described as an entrepreneur whose work included some modeling. The website also touted her platforms of supporting a federally mandated minimum wage and stricter tax laws for corporations.

Given recent events, the most eyebrow-raising stance from Collins was her support for responsible gun regulation to protect the community.

In 2017, Collins ran as a democrat against the incumbent congressman, republican Jody Hice for Georgia’s 10th district. She left the race before qualifying telling Athens newspaper, The Red & Black, she was dropping out for personal reasons.

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