Adrian Collins, the man accused of shooting a Charleston home to sway a witness in his brother's murder trial, was indicted this week on a federal charge.
Collins, 25, of America Street is now charged with a federal count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also faces state charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm and intimidating a witness.
The federal grand jury indictment was filed Tuesday in a case investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The charges stemmed from a barrage of gunfire Jan. 5 outside the home of the mother of the lead witness against Tyrel Collins. The 26-year-old faced a murder count in the 2011 shooting death of Solomon Chisolm, himself a feared East Side felon.
Adrian Collins, who has a history of drug and weapons arrests, peppered the Drake Street house with bullets, but the mother was not hit. Her son's testimony two days later led to a conviction for Tyrel Collins.
Adrian Collins was arrested a night after the shooting when police officers spotted him running from the scene of a disturbance near Columbus Street. The officers caught him with a 9 mm SCCY pistol, court documents stated.
State prosecutors said Adrian Collins also had been involved in his brother's efforts to persuade the witness to change his statement before the trial.
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