A man is being charged with murder in connection to a deadly shooting at an Olathe home.
The home where the shooting happened was quiet Friday night, but evidence tape still sealed the front door as the homeowner sits in jail.
Stephen Collier, 59, said he needed a public defender and he understood the charge against him. With that the formal reading of the charge for murder in the first degree was waived and Collier was taken back to his cell. Collier's elderly mother was in court Friday, clearly upset but unwilling to talk about the allegations against her son.
It was just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when police were called to the home on East 153rd Street. When police arrived, they found the body of 54-year-old Susanne Goslin. Goslin, neighbors said, was a live-in caretaker for Collier's wife who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.
In September Goslin was arrested for assault and the Colliers were listed as the alleged victims in the case, but it was dismissed when the Colliers refused to prosecute.
Neighbors who have known Collier for more than 20 years refused to believe their neighbor and friend is a cold-blooded killer, and they believe there is much more to the story and hope one day soon it all comes out.
"I know that Steve has been a dear friend. He's never harmed anyone, he's helped us out a lot, always been there, a good neighbor," Denise Miller said.
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