Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing Wife’s Caretaker
OLATHE, Kan. — The first-degree murder trial of a man charged with killing a woman who helped care for his wife began Tuesday in Johnson County.
Olathe police say Susanne Goslin, 54, was killed shortly after she was cited for assault on suspect Stephen Collier, 59.
According to the police report, Goslin lived in the home of Stephen Collier and Virginia (Molly) Collier. Neighbors said she lived in the home to take care of Virginia, who suffers from a terminal illness.
The murder happened in December 2011.
On the witness stand on Tuesday, Molly Collier denied telling police that her husband admitted killing Goslin. Prosecutors allege that Goslin and Stephen Collier were having an affair, and that Molly Collier had difficulty acknowledging the affair – instead claiming that her husband told her that Goslin had “raped him twice.”
When asked by prosecutors on the stand, Molly Collier again denied that her husband and Goslin were having a romantic affair.
“If you consider the fact that she raped him twice, yea that’s romantically involved,” said Molly Collier.
Stephen Collier’s defense attorneys claim that Goslin was acting suicidal, and was holding his gun to her head when he tried to stop her, causing the gun to accidentally discharge and killing Goslin.
The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.