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Warrants: Suspect held on murder charge accused again of assaulting officer

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Kenneth Collins (Source: Walhalla PD) Kenneth Collins (Source: Walhalla PD)
OCONEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clarification: It was previously reported that the suspect charged for an officer assault was serving time for murder.  The individual is currently imprisoned, awaiting final disposition of the original murder charge.  We regret any confusion this may have caused.

A murder suspect currently being held at the Oconee County Detention Center has now been charged with assaulting a correctional officer, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Kenneth Strother Collins, Jr. 25 of Walhalla, is charged with third-degree assault and battery, a misdemeanor which carries a penalty upon conviction of a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in prison or both.

SLED investigators confirm Collins was found in connection with the assault of a correctional officer in the Oconee County Detention Center, where he is currently being held on charges for murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Collins is accused, along with two other suspects, of involvement in a homicide in Walhalla in January 2015 after a man was fatally stabbed in the back. Collins was also charged after fighting with detention officers in April of this year, according to reports.

Collins' new charge will be prosecuted by the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

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