(Updated) Hanceville High principal, ex-wife charged with domestic violence

Jimmy Collins, Penny Collins (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

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Updated 7-1-20 at 6:17 p.m. Statements from Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette and Mr. Collins’ attorney, Champ Crocker, have been added.

CULLMAN, Ala. – Hanceville High School Principal Jimmy Collins and his ex-wife were arrested Monday following an alleged domestic disturbance.

Collins, 46, and Penny Leanne Collins, 46, both of Hanceville, were each charged with third-degree domestic violence- harassment.

According to a statement from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), deputies responded to a disturbance call early Monday morning.

“When deputies arrived, an altercation had taken place between Mr. Collins and (his) ex-wife,” said the statement. “Deputies determined that both suspects had been in an altercation.”

Both were transported to the Cullman County Detention Center and have since made bond.

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said, “Mr. Collins has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, and Mrs. Collins has not been placed on leave since she is not on contract right now and not reporting to work.”

Jimmy Collins’ attorney, Champ Crocker, issued the following statement Wednesday evening:

“Mr. Collins was peaceably visiting with his mother at her residence on Monday night when his ex-wife showed up unannounced and uninvited. After the Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene, both Mr. Collins and his ex-wife were taken into custody. Mr. Collins appreciates the professionalism of the officers who responded and he looks forward to clearing his name.”

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