Donald Collins, who is charged with murder in the burning death of Robbie Middleton, is set to stand trial in January. Collins was arraigned Thursday morning in the 359th District Court of Judge Kathleen Hamilton. His attorney requested a change of venue and Judge Hamilton gave him until October to file his briefs.
It was Robbie Middleton’s eighth birthday when he was tied to a tree, doused with gasoline and set on fire. That was in 1998, when Collins was 13. Middleton, who named Collins as his attacker, survived but was severely disfigured and disabled by the attack. He required multiple painful surgeries over the years and in 2011, Middleton died from a form of cancer believed to be caused by his burns. In March, at the request of County Attorney J.D. Lambright, Judge Hamilton ruled Collins could be tried as an adult for Middleton’s death. He remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond.