Local man charged with wife’s murder

BARRETT STATION – A man confessed to Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies that he had killed his wife on July 7. Sheriff’s records indicate deputies were dispatched to the 13,000 block of Cliff Drive at about 9:35 p.m. after Noah Collins, 38, called and indicated he had shot his wife. He was taken into custody without incident. At about 11:45 p.m. that same night a call went out for an ambulance to the same residence.

The body of Goerta Collins, 33, was found inside a bedroom closet. Apparently she had been shot several times and her body stuffed into the closet. Noah Collins made several statements to deputies.

Deputies found a small amount of powdered cocaine and marijuana at the residence, and say Collins willingly made statements when he was brought inside of the residence after awaiting deputies to arrive outside. According to detectives, among the statements made by Collins is that he had used cocaine with his wife that day.

Later, according to detectives records of Collins’ statements, an argument had arisen sometime after the use of the drug. Goerta Collins had found work as a relief worker about two weeks earlier in Chambers County as Noah continued to struggle to find work.

Detectives noted that the interior of the house had snapped furniture and a broken door. Detectives say these indications are common to a chase about the house or a violent confrontation.

Neighbors are puzzled by the developments. Many indicate that everyone believed the couple to be quiet and adjusted. The couple had never been observed by neighbors to fight or argue. None indicate that they knew the couple had ever used drugs.

Noah was placed inside Harris County Jail. According to detectives his bond is set at $100,000. Murder charges are pending. His arraignment is set for August 18.