Carlos Derell Collins, 28, planned to enter a guilty plea in the beating death of 32-year-old Sean William Schumann.
Forensics determined Schumann died of blunt force trauma to the head. That is, he was beaten to death.
The case went cold for one year. However, when another man claimed Collins had beat him in the head with a hammer, police used forensics to make the arrest in the murder case.
The murder occurred in Killeen, Texas.
Reports say the suspect also faces "prison terms for aggravated sexual assault of a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon."
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A man who was set to plead guilty Thursday to a Killeen capital murder had his plea date withdrawn and his court date reset.
Carlos Derell Collins, 28, who faces life in prison without parole in connection with the January 2014 beating death of another Killeen man, originally was set to plead guilty to the charge on Thursday but had his court date reset to August 20, a district attorney’s spokesman said Thursday.
He also faces prison terms for aggravated sexual assault of a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Collins will appear at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Martha Jane Trudo in 264th District Court.
Collins, who is being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $1.705 million, is accused in the beating death of Sean William Schumann, 32, who was found beaten to death on Jan. 15, 2014 inside an apartment in the 100 block of West Anderson Street in Killeen, an arrest affidavit shows.
The murder went unsolved for more than a year.
An autopsy ordered in Schumann's death showed he died of what medical examiners at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, called homicidal violence and blunt force head trauma.
Police were sent to the apartment after one of Schumann's co-workers reported he had not been to work and no one had heard from him.
Collins was arrested Jan. 26, 2014 in Temple in connection with an incident 12 days earlier in which a man was beaten with a hammer.
According to an affidavit issued at the time, the victim told police he met a man on Craigslist he knew only as "Steve" and the two agreed to meet.
During the face-to-face encounter the victim said the man he knew as "Steve" hit him in the head with a hammer.
Collins was still in custody when he was served with the capital murder warrant, jail records showed.
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