Football coach, librarian stabbed more than 70 times; former lover arrested

27-year-old D'kota Chance Griffin is facing a charge of murder in connection with the death of Michael Collins. (St. Clair County Sheriff's Office)

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. (WBMA) — A 27-year-old man is under arrest in connection with the death of an assistant football coach who also worked as a librarian.

D'kota Chance Griffin, of Lineville, is charged with the murder of Michael Collins and is being held without bond at the St. Clair County Jail.

Collins' body was stabbed over 70 times, according to Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray.

At his first court appearance, Griffin was granted a combined $510,000 bond for charges of murder and theft of property. Will next appear in court Sept. 20th.

Collins body was found in his home Monday afternoon. "To me he was more valuable than any coach on my staff," said St. Clair County head football coach Matt Glover.

A vigil was held Tuesday night to remember and honor the librarian and coach at St. Clair County High School.

At a news conference, authorities say Griffin and Michael Collins had a brief, romantic relationship.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by St. Clair County District Attorney's Office, FBI Gadsden, U.S. Marshall's Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Jacksonville Police Department, Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office, Oxford Police Department, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun County District Attorney's Office and the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.

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