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Police Tracked Pierre Collins's Cell Phone to Son Barway's Murder

His bail has been set at $2 million

His bail has been set at $2 million

The Hennepin County Attorney has released second-degree murder charges accusing Pierre Collins of killing his 10-year-old son Barway for insurance money.

Using cell phone records, police lay out a damning play-by-play of Pierre's whereabouts on March 18, the day Barway went missing.

See also: Pierre Collins Arrested for Murder of His 10-Year-Old Son Barway

According to the charges, this is how his day went on March 18:

Pierre tells his wife Yamah he's going to work (Pierre lied, he was unemployed) in the morning, but instead travels to the downtown Minneapolis courthouse for a child support hearing.

At 9:06 a.m. he leaves court and heads north on I-94. He spends about 20 minutes -- from 9:10 until 9:29 -- moving up and down the area of the Mississippi riverfront where Barway was eventually found.

At 12:04 p.m. he's in the Aldi in Crystal and by 1:39 he's back at his apartment. At 4:25, eight minutes after Barway exits his school's transportation van, Pierre leaves his apartment.

By 4:42 Pierre's phone is back in the same area of the riverfront he explored earlier that morning, near the intersection of Lyndale and 55th Avenue North.

Barway was found near in the river near Lyndale and 53rd, with his feet and torso bound by duct tape. Pierre's phone registers on the same Wi-Fi it registered on at 9:27 that morning, before either turning off or going into airplane mode for an hour.

While Pierre's phone is off, he checks his bank account balance at an ATM in the Brooklyn Center Cub Foods at 5:18.

At 5:41 Pierre's phone turns back on and he calls his wife, Yamah, who tells him Barway did not come home from school. Pierre calls the school bus company on his way home, then calls 911 to report Barway missing at 6:27.

Here's the motive provided by Hennepin County:

Pierre had two life insurance policies out on Barway. One was for $30,000. Pierre made a payment on that policy two days before Barway went missing. After he made the payment, he also asked about raising the policy to $50,000.

The second life insurance policy covered Pierre for $100,000 and every one of his children for $20,000 each.

Pierre steadfastly maintains he is innocent. Bail is set at $2 million and he will make his first appearance in court today.

Click to page two to read the charges for yourself.

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