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Murder suspect's cousin says he admitted to burning boy

Published On: Mar 03 2014 02:29:23 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 03 2014 04:10:36 PM CST
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CONROE, Texas (AP) -

The cousin of a Southeast Texas man accused of dousing a boy with gasoline as a teenager in 1998 says her cousin confessed to her that he and another boy were responsible for the attack.

Prosecutors are trying to persuade a judge Monday in Conroe that 28-year-old Don Willburn Collins should face trial as an adult for a crime he's accused  of committing at age 13.

Collins faces a murder charge in Robert Middleton's death. Authorities say he poured gasoline on Middleton and ignited him on Middleton's eighth birthday. Middleton survived but died in 2011 of skin cancer authorities blame on his burns.

Collins' attorney questions the constitutionality of the case.

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The mother of a Southeast Texas boy doused with gasoline and set on fire on his eighth birthday in 1998 says once he got better her son never wavered in identifying his attacker - a then 13-year-old neighbor.

Prosecutors were in a Conroe courtroom Monday trying to convince a judge that the neighbor - now 28 years old - should be tried as an adult for a crime he is accused of committing as a teen.

Don Willburn Collins is facing a murder charge in Robert Middleton's death.

Authorities allege Collins poured gasoline on Middleton and set him on fire. Middleton survived but died in 2011 from skin cancer that authorities say was caused by the burns.

Collins' attorney is questioning the constitutionality of the case.