Corning man charged with killing woman at Walter Smith Terrace Apartments




  • In US
  • 2022-08-05 20:12:07Z
  • By The Leader

A Corning man is in jail after allegedly attacking and killing a 26-year-old woman early Friday morning in her Walter Smith Terrace apartment.

Brett R. Heffner, 29, of Walter Smith Terrace, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Keli Collins, who also lived at the complex, but in another building.

Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said at about 1:12 a.m. Friday, patrolmen were dispatched to Walter Smith Terrace, formerly known as Stewart Park Apartments, for a report of an unresponsive woman. The victim was located and city police, firefighters and AMR Ambulance began administering life-saving measures.

Spaulding said efforts were unsuccessful and Collins died.

Corning City Police began an investigation into the incident with the help of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and the Steuben County District Attorney's Office.

Spaulding said police believe Heffner attacked Keli Collins while she was in her apartment. Heffner and Collins knew each other, but lived in separate apartments in separate buildings within the complex.

Police also allege that Haffner stole Collins' vehicle after killing her. Departments from throughout the area were advised to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Spaulding said shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, Hornell City Police located the vehicle and took Heffner into custody without resistance.

Members of the Corning Police Department, New York State Police and the Hornell Police Department continued the investigation in Hornell, Spaulding said.

At the same time, he said Corning Police, along with investigators from the New York State Police, are continuing the investigation in Corning.

Spaulding said the investigation into the murder will continue and updates may be released later with more information.

Heffner was arraigned Friday in Corning City Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 in City Court.

This article originally appeared on The Leader: Corning man charged with killing woman at Walter Smith Terrace Apartments

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