Jury Finds Johnson County Man Guilty of Killing Wife’s Live-In Nurse
OLATHE, Kan. — It took less than four hours for a jury to find Stephen Collier, 60, guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Sue Goslin.
Goslin, 54, was Collier’s wife’s live-in nurse.
Collier faced first-degree murder charges and the possibility of life in prison for Goslin’s death. But a jury on Friday returned with a guilty verdict of the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
Defense attorneys claimed Goslin committed suicide in his Olathe home. But prosecutors said Collier shot and killed Goslin — a woman Collier admitted to having an affair with. Goslin was a long-time friend of Collier and his wife, Molly Collier. Molly suffers from multiple sclerosis and Goslin served as her live-in nurse.
During the trial, police said that Molly Collier told them on the night of the shooting that her husband admitted to her that he shot Goslin. But when called to testify, both Molly and Stephen Collier denied ever making such a statement.
Stephen Collier claimed Goslin was drunk and suicidal when she pointed a gun at her forehead. He testified in his own defense on Thursday that the gun went off as he tried to grab it away from Goslin.
Prosecutors said Collier’s story didn’t match the physical evidence, saying that Goslin’s DNA wasn’t found on the gun’s trigger. They said Stephen Collier’s DNA wasn’t a clear match on the trigger, but it couldn’t be excluded.
Collier is expected to be sentenced in November.