Accused murder pleads guilty

Accused murder pleads guilty

YUCCA, Ariz. – The man accused of killing his friend in Yucca and burying her body in Yuma plead guilty to murder.

Mohave County officials say James David Collins plead guilty Tuesday to second degree murder charges in court.

Collins allegedly got in an argument with his companion, Cynthia Marie Horn, while driving to Yucca in October 2014.

Investigators say Collins shot Horn twice in the head with a handgun then drove to Yuma County and buried the body on family property.

Collins was arrested in Mexico and had Horn’s Jeep with him.

Collins faces 10 to 20 years in prison.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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