Jury Selection in 20-Year-Old Maryland Cold Case Begins

Wess Haubrich

John Michael Ingersoll, Jr.Dorchester County Sheriff

The trial of John Michael Ingersoll Jr. started Tuesday June 1 in Cambridge.

On the night of June 4, 2001, Gregory Guy Collins, age 31, was brutally gunned down as he headed home to Vienna in the twilight hours of the morning from his shift at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, Maryland. He was a three-year veteran of the guard at the prison and a member of the Maryland National Guard.

Shortly before 4:00 PM that day, Collins was reported missing by his wife after he did not return home from his shift at the penitentiary at Princess Anne. He had finished his shift around midnight and was driving a gray pickup truck.

It would take one intrepid state trooper traveling along Indiantown Road (about a mile east of state route 331) to notice something amiss. It looked as if a vehicle had rapidly left the road. So, he followed the trail it left. At the end of it, he found Collins unresponsive behind the driver’s seat of his gray Toyota pickup.

The State Police along with local sheriffs took point for most of the investigation, but alas the trail went cold… until 2019, when John Michael Ingersoll, Jr. was arrested for the crime.

Ingersoll faces first-degree and second-degree murder charges, first-degree and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substances [unclear as to what exactly those are].

Stay tuned for more as this trial progresses.

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