Former bank robbery suspect said DNA cleared him


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WICHITA, Kan. -- A man once suspected of robbing the Intrust Bank in the Dillons at 31st Street South and Seneca may be in the clear.

The bank was robbed October 28, 2013. Within days, a tip led Wichita Police to arrest Billy Collison. But Collison said he didn't do it, and even offered police his DNA, fingerprints, cell phone and hat to clear his name.

His boss at Payday Motors, Nelson Tucker, even provided security camera video showing Collison at work around the time of the robbery. Tucker said police should publicly clear Collison.

"That would be the best," said Tucker. "That's kind of how it started. It was pretty public when it started for Billy so it would be good to wrap it up that way as well."

As for Billy, he said he recently contacted police and was told DNA test results came in and he was excluded from the crime scene. But police have not returned his personal property.

"Yeah, I gave them everything because I knew I had nothing to hide from," said Collison. "I knew I didn't do it. I wasn't there."

So for six months Collison had been living in limbo, waiting for those DNA test results to clear him. He was living under a cloud of suspicion except at work.

"I knew from day one that he was fine," said Tucker.

Collison said, "I can know I can go about my business and hopefully get on with my life."

KAKE News contacted Wichita Police detectives about the bank robbery DNA results regarding Collison. So far we have not heard back from investigators.


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