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Corning man accused of murder appears in court: Confession plays, but case will go to grand jury next

The 29-year-old Corning man accused of killing a woman at her Stewart Park apartment appeared in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Earlier this month, Brett Heffner, 29, was charged with second-degree murder. His original preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 11, which was delayed due to an emergency medical issue.

In the hearing on Friday, evidence was presented of him confessing to strangling Keli Collins, 26, of Corning.

Heffner claims he walked in on Collins having sex with a minor inside her apartment. Later that day, he claims that he came back to talk about the situation, which led to a verbal argument.

Collins, who isn’t alive to defend herself against Heffner’s allegations, told police that she confessed to having sex with a 16-year-old.

The argument that ensued when she told him to leave is what prompted the attack. In that same video, Heffner told police that the two were not romantically involved, and had become friendly.

He was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail after the appearance. The case will now be presented to a grand jury for indictment.