Suspected robber charged in accomplice's death

By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide investigators are charging a suspected robber with the death of his alleged accomplice.

Rashad Hayward, 20, faces felonly murder and robbery charges. Capt. Loyd Baker of the Homicide Unit said Hayward didn't fire the fatal shot that killed 18-year-old Christopher Collins, but said state law states Hayward can be charged because Collin's death happened during the commission of a crime.   

 Northport Police say Collins and Hayward tried to rob Gerald Bertrand as he returned home Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. Police Chief Robert Green said two masked men approaced Bertrand and one of them was carrying a gun.  Green said Bertrand ran to his carport and fought with one of the suspects over a gun.

"The suspect directed Mr. Bertrand to give him all of his money," Green said. "Mr. Bertrand complied and gave him approximately $70. The suspect placed the gun in Mr. Bertrand's face and told him I'm still going to shoot you."      

During the struggle the gun went off striking Collins in the chest. Investigators pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities said Hayward was being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail $135,000 bond.

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