January 17, 2013 -- A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury convicted Genesis Collins Jr. of manslaughter and other charges for killing his mother by setting himself on fire, embracing the woman, and refusing to let her go, causing burn wounds that ultimately claimed her life.
On May 5, 2011, at roughly 11:06 a.m., officers reported to the Collins home in the 3800 block of Cottage Avenue and found Genesis Collins lying in the street suffering from burns to his upper body and head. Inside the house, authorities found Audery Collins, who also was badly burned.
Mrs. Collins stated that she was sitting in a chair next to her son when he stated that he wanted to kill himself because he owed money to drug dealers. He also was upset with her for declining to give him money. After making the statement, he poured rubbing alcohol on his head and set himself on fire using a lighter. He then stood up and jumped on Mrs. Collins, holding her in a hug and refusing to let go. An unidentified person stabbed Genesis Collins several times to force him to release Mrs. Collins. He eventually let her go and fled outside where police found him.
Audery and Genesis Collins were both transported to the hospital for medical care. Genesis Collins survived. Audery Collins did not, dying four months later from complications associated with the thermal burns she suffered.
The jury convicted Collins on January 16, 2013, of manslaughter, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Scheduled for sentencing on March 26, 2013, Collins, 42, faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.
Assistant State's Attorney Tracy Varda prosecuted the case.