Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Friday, April 23, 1999


AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that a Nacogdoches jury sentenced Khristian Oliver to death by lethal injection for the murder of Joe Collins. The Prosecutors Assistance Division of the Attorney General's office assisted Nacogdoches District Attorney Tim James in prosecuting the case.

"Our law enforcement team deserves a lot of credit for their hard work. Their efforts help keep our communities safe and ensure that brutal crimes are severely punished," said General Cornyn.

Oliver was tried and convicted in Nacogdoches for capital murder. A Nacogdoches jury found Oliver guilty and, last night, sentenced him to death.

On March 17, 1998, Nacogdoches resident, Joe Collins, came home and surprised two men who were burglarizing his house. Collins managed to find his guns and shoot one of the burglars in the leg. Khristian Oliver then shot and wounded Collins. Oliver beat Collins so severely that his face was unrecognizable, and Collins eventually died from the injuries.

The Attorney General's Prosecutors Assistance Division provides assistance to District and County Attorneys in investigating and prosecuting complex criminal cases.

The law enforcement team on this case included the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Department, the Texas Rangers, the Houston Police Department, the Nacogdoches District Attorney, and the Prosecutors Assistance Division from the Attorney General's office which is under the direction of John Neal. Assistant Attorney General Mac Cobb, and Special Agents Jeff Bishop and Forrest Mitchell participated in the prosecution. Karen Martin of Crime Victims Compensation assisted with crime victim services.

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