Grand jury issues ‘no-bill’ in Hollyhill Road shooting

Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Butler County grand jury has decided not to indict a Greenville man for the Aug. 24 fatal shooting of 42-year-old Dana Collins.

After deliberating, the grand jury issued a no-bill in the state’s case against Kent Tanner. A no-bill verdict means the case has been dropped.

Tanner was arrested for murder in August for shooting and killing Collins after he discovered the 42-year-old mud riding on his property on Hollyhill Road.

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Alabama has a stand your ground law. A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a potentially dangerous situation.

According to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden, the truck Collins was riding in got stuck on Tanner’s property. Collins and another passenger left the vehicle in order to search for help. They soon realized they had left a cell phone in the truck, and when they returned to retrieve it, they discovered Tanner waiting near the vehicle.

According to Harden, Tanner had the cell phone in his possession.

Harden said that’s when words were exchanged and the shooting took place.

“He had notified authorities to come check the truck out,” Harden said in August. “Before we could get there, the subject had called to say he had shot one, and to hurry up and get there.”

According to Harden, when deputies arrived on the scene they found Collins on the ground. Tanner was still present.

Collins was flown by helicopter to a Montgomery hospital where he was later pronounced dead.