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Defendant's Police Statement Published in Murder Trial

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Bay County, Fla. -

A statement from a shaken defendant is played in a Bay County courtroom. Tanner Collins tells deputies what happened during the armed robbery he's accused of.

Bay County Sheriff's Investigator, Sergeant Jeremy Mathis interviewed Collins after his arrest. Collins told deputies he was driven to a Southport home to carry out his cousin's plan. He and Christopher Morgan allegedly entered the house, attacked the homeowner and robbed him.

The state is trying to prove who shot 49-year-old Steven Gulck. Collins stayed true to his defense, his innocence and accuses Christopher Morgan of pulling the trigger.

During the statement Collins says, "He (Morgan) told me that he shot him, he told me he thought he shot him. He said he wasn't sure and he said he fired, but of course I knew that. I was scared, I started panicking. I was like, why did you shoot him? Why did you shoot him? I can't tell you exactly how I asked him or what words they were, but I asked him why he shot him though."

Defense Attorney, Russell Ramey filed for a mistrial because of an article found in today's paper, claiming the jury might have seen the inadmissible remarks. But individually, jurors denied seeing or hearing about the article and Judge Brantley Clark rejected the motion. The case is expected to wrap up on Friday.