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Carmen Collins Waives First Court Appearance for Murder Charge

The Kathleen teenager charged with killing her 12-year-old sister waived her first court appearance. That's according to Capt. Beth Schafer with the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

She says Carmen Kaneisha Collins was scheduled to have her first court appearance on July 5, the same day she was arrested in Columbus, but she waived that hearing.

At a first appearance hearing, typically the charges are read and the defendant will be read their rights. 

Collins is accused of shooting her sister India last Tuesday evening, then investigators say she set her Addington Drive home on fire.

District Attorney George Hartwig says no date has been set for a bond hearing.

Special Olympics Returning to Warner Robins

 

The Special Olympics Georgia Masters Bowling tournament will continue coming to Warner Robins through 2015.

Director of the Warner Robins Convention and Visitors Bureau Marsha Buzzell says the Special Olympics Georgia committee chose to award the games to Warner Robins for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

She said Warner Robins has hosted the tournament for the past few years, and wanted to keep bringing it back.

Buzzell said the city competed with Savannah for the bid, and that the coastal city "gave Warner Robins a run for its money."

She said the City of Warner Robins will commit $19,000 to help off-set the Special Olympics costs. The state will also supply some funding.

Autopsy: Multiple Gunshot Wounds Killed 12-Year-Old

The Houston County Sheriff's Office released autopsy results Friday in the death of 12-year-old India Collins. 

Ruled a homicide, according to a press release, her death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds from a .40 caliber handgun between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

Authorities say Carmen Kaneisha Collins, 17, obtained a .40 caliber handgun and shot India Collins, her sister, multiple times. 

They say Carmen Collins then set fire to the house with gasoline and fled the scene in the family's white 2011 Acura TL with the family's white poodle.

Houston County firefighters located the victim inside and determined the fire was a possible arson case. 

On July 5, 2012, at 5 p.m., several hours after Carmen had been arrested in Columbus, investigators located the suspected murder weapon. 

Investigators say that the motive for the murder is still unclear.

More on this story as it develops. 

Ben Jones Explains Differences in Summer T-Storms

13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones takes a look at the differences in the types of thunder storms typically seen during the summer months.

Watch his explanation in the video player above.

No Court Date Set for Teen Charged with Murder

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says no initial court appearance for Carmen Kaneisha Collins has been set.

The 17-year-old is charged with murder and arson after her 12-year-old sister was found dead in a fire at their home. 

Hartwig says a court appearance could come as early as next week.

If the defense files paperwork, the earliest bond hearing could be set for would be Thursday he said.

The autopsy for India Collins is expected back today.

We'll update you when more information becomes available. 

UPDATE: Sister of 12-Year-Old Homicide Victim Arrested in Columbus

Carmen Kaneisha "Neisha" Collins, 17, was arrested in Columbus around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, and then charged with murder and arson in the Kathleen house fire where her 12-year-old sister, India, was found dead.

Lt. John Holland of the Houston County Sheriff's Office told WMAZ's Brittiny Barber that tips led investigators to Columbus where Collins was found in the white 2011 Acura that had been reported missing after the fire.

Tuesday evening, Houston County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to assist the Houston County Fire Department with a house fire on Addington Drive in Kathleen.

Firefighters on the scene had located the body of 12-year-old India J. Collins in the house. She was transported by ambulance to the Perry Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators then began looking for Carmen Collins.

Little League Tournament Returns July 25th

In just about three weeks, some of the best young ball players from around the Southeast will pour into Warner Robins for the Southeastern Little League tournament.

It runs July 25th to August 10th.

Organizers are making the pitch for volunteers and throwing out a few minor changes for this year's tournament.

Southeastern Little League Director Jen Colvin says she needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. She said, "Concessions are always going to be the big one."

Last year, 220 people signed-up to keep the grounds, sell merchandise, park cars and much more.

But Colvin says for some games, like the boys final that attracted 12,000 fans last year, they need extra hands.