Leon County Neighbors' Feud Includes Gun Battle, Surveillance

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

With plenty of room for their horses, and beautiful views, Russell and Randy Collins bought their Leon County property thinking they were moving to paradise. Now they call it something else.

"Possessed. It's like a dark cloud hangs over this place," said Randy Collins.

The Collins blame their neighbor, Richard Posey. Posey didn't want to speak on camera, but talked with News 3 while standing on the road he and the Collins share.

Four years ago, it was Posey's parents who sold the Collins their 50 acres. That's when the Collins started filing reports with the sheriff's office.

"If I had to guess, there's probably 50," said Russell Collins. "It started slow and I didn't think a whole lot about it, then the shootings started."

The Collins said many of their 911 calls were made during times they said Richard Posey fired his gun at them. They pointed to bullet holes in their barn, to prove it.

"The shot came through here," said Randy.

"That's the main complaint that we had that he was doing. Except of course running over me," said Russell.

Russell Collins has a partially prosthetic leg. In 2005, Posey was charged with injury to the disabled for what Collins said happened on the road near his pond.

"The front of his truck actually hit me and knocked me to the ground," said Russell.

Although Posey was indicted, the district attorney later dropped the case. In 2007, Posey was charged with deadly conduct.

"He came at me at that point, grabbed me around the throat," said Russell. "Just held him down, and he bit my hand."

That case didn't make it to court, either.

In 2008, the Collins invested thousands in surveillance equipment. The cameras monitor most of their land, but didn't help when a gun battle ensued on the county road just off their property.

"I left to go to town and Mr. posey was on the county road outside his truck, with his gun in hand," said Russell. "He acted like he was going to get back in his truck and turn around and he turned around and started shooting at me. (I) took my pistol and stuck it out the window off handed and just laid it on the mirror and started shooting back to keep him from coming any closer."

According to the Texas Rangers report, Posey's truck was hit twice and Collins' truck was hit three times. The fight continued when both drove to the Sheriff's Office.

"I went to the dispatcher's booth and asked for help," said Russell. "I heard someone say 'drop the weapon.' I turned around and there was an officer that had his gun pointed at Richard and Richard was inside the police station pointing a gun at me."

According to the Ranger's report, a deputy disarmed Posey, who had a gunshot wound to his back side. Posey was taken to the hospital, Collins was taken to jail, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one with a deadly weapon.

Posey was never charged.

Recently, it took a jury just 45 minutes to find Collins not guilty.

While both neighbors remain free, their relationship continues to be as rocky as the road they share.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office declined to comment on this story.

Next month, Posey and the Collins are scheduled to be back in civil court. The Collins are suing for medical bills they said were incurred in 2005, when they claim Posey ran over Russell Collins.

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