News from around the state of Texas

Man Could be Tried as Adult for 1998 Burning of 8-Year-Old

View Comments ()



    A Southeast Texas man could be tried as an adult for a 1998 crime he's accused of committing as a 13-year-old -- allegedly dousing a boy with gasoline and then setting him on fire.

    A hearing is scheduled Monday in Conroe as Don Willburn Collins faces a murder charge in Robert Middleton's 2011 death.

    Authorities say Collins poured gasoline on Middleton, on the victim's 8th birthday, and set him on fire. The boy survived but died years later from skin cancer that authorities say blamed on the burns.

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present evidence on whether Collins, who in September was charged with murder, can be tried as an adult. The hearing is expected to last several days.

    Collins is being held on a $1 million bond.