Milton man's retrial in overdose death of Robert Rawson begins today

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Defense attorney David Tencza, left, confers with a Sheriff's Deputy as Gregory Collins looks on after a mistrial is declared in his 2019 trial. (Rochester Voice file photo; Rawson/Courtesy)

DOVER - Jury selection begins today in the retrial of a Milton man accused in the 2018 fentanyl overdose death of a Rochester man.

Prosecutors decided to retry the case after an April 2019 trial ended with a hung jury after jurors could not agree on a verdict in the death resulting case against Gregory Collins, 41, of Lord Lane.

Judge Mark E. Howard declared the mistrial after the jury foreman told the court they were "deeply divided with no movement," and the opposing views were "unable to be resolved."

Collins faces up to life in prison on a charge of supplying drugs, death resulting in the fatal overdose of Robert Rawson, 28, who died on Feb. 15, 2018.

Another Rochester man, Peter Miltner, who testified at trial he and Collins delivered the fentanyl to Rawson has already been sentenced for his part in Rawson's death. Miltner is spending four to eight years in state prison.

Immediately following the mistrial, lead prosecutor Katelynn Henmueller said the state was disappointed in the hung jury and felt they had proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt, but that it wasn't over.

Henmueller will face Collins' same defense lawyer David Tencza as the arguments are put forward.

Howard will again preside over the case.

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