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Md. man charged in brother's ax murder

Allegany County, Md., authorities say a man with a history of mental illness is behind bars on charges he murdered his brother with an ax.

Forty-two-year-old Mark Collins is charged in the slaying of 46-year-old William Collins, who was found dead Saturday night on a couch in a trailer the men shared.

The Allegany County Bureau of Police says deputies found Mark Collins spattered with blood. He was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault and ordered held without bond.

Court records show that Mark Collins was committed to a mental institution in September 2004 after he was charged with arson in Allegany County. He was released in January 2006.

He was on probation for a 2009 second-degree assault conviction.

-- Cumberland (Md.) Times-News

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 23, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Maryland  
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