Charges dropped against Madison County teen shot by girlfriend’s father


Jaizon Collins & his mother, Tasha Edwards (L) & Fitzgerald McQueen (R)

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The state has dropped the charges against a Madison County teen who was shot by his girlfriend's father.

Jaizon Collins faced second-degree rape charges. Court record show that state opted to not move forward with case on Monday.

Collins was shot by Fitzgerald McQueen while hiding in his girlfriend's bedroom in November of 2015. Collins turned 18-years-old that night, and because his girlfriend is more than two years younger than him, those charges were filed.

In the meantime, the attorney for Collins is still seeking youthful offender status for his client. Defendants under the age of 21 who do not have an extended criminal history are eligible for it.

The court keeps youthful offender records sealed.

Collins has no other charges pending against him, though he is still awaiting a bench trial in his lawsuit against McQueen. The trial is scheduled for December 19, 2016.

McQueen also faces first-degree assault charges for the shooting. Prosecutors said the case is likely to go before a Madison County Grand Jury this summer.

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