Minnesota Liberians speak out as Pierre Collins makes first court appearance

A day after he was charged with murdering his son Barway, Pierre Collins made his first appearance in court today.

Pierre's wife, Yamah Collins, blew right past a Fox 9 reporter, with no interest in addressing the stunning charges filed against her husband.

BACKSTORY -- Pierre Collins charged with murder of son, Barway

But other members of Minnesota's Liberian immigrant community had no problem breaking their silence.

"A lot of people in the Liberian community are mad," Magdalene Manyongar told us. "I'm mad. I'm furious. We want justice for little Barway. It's not right. He's a little child."

Pierre Collins's first court appearance was a brief one. The accused murderer wore the familiar orange jailhouse jumpsuit he's seen wearing in his mugshot.

The 33-year-old stood in a glassed-in defendant chamber on the side of the courtroom. His eyes darted around, perhaps in an effort to make eye contact with his wife and other loves ones in attendance.

Menyongar was also in the courtroom. She made it perfectly clear that her support is for the 10-year-old boy with the giant smile.

"The Sheriff said, 'Nobody should say a word,'" she said. "But I know I was so angry, I wanted to tell him, we will get you."

Prosecutors have said they believe Barway was killed for tens of thousands of dollars in insurance money. His body, bound with duct tape around his torso and feet, was finally recovered from the Mississippi River last weekend after a nearly month-long search.

Pierre has maintained his innocence throughout. A judge kept his bail at $2 million today.

When the hearing was over, the Collins family again refused to address the allegations of lies, financial hardships, and cell phone location analysis that prosecutors are convinced add up to murder.


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