Death penalty sought for woman accused of killing former Arkansas state senator

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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) — Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against a woman charged with killing a former Arkansas lawmaker who was found dead outside her own home last month.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce on Tuesday told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette his office would formally announce its plans at an arraignment and plea hearing for Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, who’s been charged with capital murder in the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins. Collins, who went by Collins-Smith in the Legislature, was found dead June 4 outside her home in Pocahontas, which is about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

O’Donnell’s hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Pocahontas.

Authorities have released few details about Collins’ killing and have not said how she died.

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