MARTINEZ -- A Sonoma man has been charged as an accessory after the fact in the March 31 slaying of 24-year-old Nicholas Callen in Tara Hills, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Mark Collins, 30, was arrested April 23, one week after agents from the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 28-year-old Michael McQueen at Collins' residence in Sonoma.

Prosecutors allege Collins hid McQueen inside the home while McQueen was on the lam after the slaying.

McQueen and 20-year-old Kyle Navarro are each facing a murder charge for the killing of Callen, who was fatally shot at 2:50 p.m. March 31 outside a home in the 2600 block of Cornelius Drive in Tara Hills, an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County near Pinole. Navarro turned himself in to authorities on April 23.

Collins was arraigned May 1 on one felony charge of being an accessory after the fact. He is out of custody after posting $100,000 bail. His attorney, Dirk Manoukian, said his client is a childhood friend of McQueen's but does not know Navarro or Callen.

"When the case is ultimately resolved, the facts will show that he did not commit any criminal acts," Manoukian said.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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