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Poker Player Killed While Trying To Buy Marijuana

Tags: Jonathan Cyril Collins, Marijuana, National Deaf Poker Tour.
Posted on 12 June 2015 by "T".

Minnesota-based poker player Jonathan Cyril Collins, a three-time winner of National Deaf Poker Tour events, was killed last month in Las Vegas in connection with a drug deal that turned into a robbery attempt.

According to police reports, Collins and his girlfriend drove from Minnesota to Colorado to buy a large quantity of marijuana. The deal, however, didn't happen so they headed to Las Vegas instead to meet a man Collins knew as "Richard" to buy 10 pounds of marijuana. 

The drug deal was a set up and Collins ended up being shot in the chest by one of four men. He was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

"At about 2:15 p.m., officers responded to 625 South Royal Crest Circle in Las Vegas for numerous reports that an individual had been shot. Officers arrived and found the victim, who was later identified as Jonathan Collins, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. That individual did succumb to his injuries. We had our LVNPD Homicide Section respond out to the scene. As a result of their investigation, we were able to identify a suspect and arrest Rufus Smith in connection with this crime. He now sits in Clark County Detention Center and faces charges of Kidnapping and Open Murder," said Las Vegas Metro Police spokesman, Larry Hatfield

According to highstakesdb, "Richard", whose real name is Rufus Smith III, was eventually identified and arrested on May 28th on charges of murder, conspiracy and kiddnaping.  The actual shooter is still unidentified, though.

Collins had lifetime tournament earnings of $83,757. RIP Jon Collins

source: highstakesdb and

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4 comments on "Poker Player Killed While Trying To Buy Marijuana"

 klash2312/06/2015 14:45:36 GMT
Jonathon Collins is not a guy I have ever heard of before but not a good story to read and hopefully they will soon catch the people responsible.
Also this is the first time I had heard of a deaf poker tour.
 robbymart13/06/2015 03:39:01 GMT
you never heard of him or the poker tourne woopiddy doo so what yes this is tragic
 StheP13/06/2015 10:00:31 GMT
And thats one more reason why marijuana should be legalized... Me neither heard about him, RIP...
 bowie198418/06/2015 13:28:17 GMT
Well on one hand it's insane to go through multiple states for buying dope, cuz this easily became federal crime just by the long drive itself (and I assume he would go and later sell these as dimebags so there goes his innocence again - Minnesote didn't legalize pot as of yet), but ten pounds of weed worth nothing compared to a man's life, so killing for it is something ouright ridiculous and sad. Of course they maybe tried to sell him ten pounds worth of oregano, so he might be rightfully pissed of hence the shooting.

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