Arkansas woman charged with murder in ex-senator’s killing

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, listens to testimony at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Authorities on Friday, June 14, 2019, said they’ve arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the […]

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has been charged with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home.

A state judge also found probable cause Monday to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, Jonesboro television station KAIT reported . The judge did not set bond for O’Donnell, who was arrested Friday in former Sen. Linda Collins’ death.

Authorities haven’t said how Collins was killed.

Collins, who went by Collins-Smith in the Legislature, was found dead June 4 outside her Pocahontas home, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. A former Collins spokesman said O’Donnell was friends with Collins, and court records show O’Donnell was a witness in divorce proceedings for the former lawmaker.

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