OLATHE, Kan. -- A Johnson County man will be spending the next 13 years and nine months behind bars after he was sentenced on Friday for his role in the shooting death of a woman with whom he was having an affair.
Stephen M. Collier, 60, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the December 28, 2011, shooting death of Sue Goslin by a jury last October. Goslin, 54, was Collier's wife's live-in nurse.
During the trial, 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.
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.