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Charges: Man said 'God made me do it' after fatally shooting his friend

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A man claiming "God made me do it" is charged with murder after shooting his friend on the Fourth of July.

Anthony Collins, 44, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Christopher Porter, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says.

According to the criminal complaint:

Minneapolis police were called to Porter's home in North Minneapolis around 3:30 p.m. Monday, and when they got there they found Porter lying on his back in the front yard.

Porter had been shot, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police also saw Collins wandering around the yard, yelling about "God," "killing" and that "God made me do it." Collins refused initial commands from police, and made his hand into the shape of a gun and put it to his head.

Witnesses said after the shooting, Collins said: "God told me to kill him," "I did it for our lord" and "today is the day for god."

He was eventually detained, and officers found a gun nearby. It's being tested for fingerprints and DNA.

Neighbors told police Collins and Porter were friends for years, and it was common for him to be at Porter's house. But when Collins spoke with police, he denied knowing Porter.

Collins is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday, where the attorney's office will request that bail is set at $1 million.

If convicted, Collins could face up to 40 years in prison.

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