Arkansas State Police stated they and Randolph County sheriff’s deputies arrested 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell in reference to the demise of former state Sen. Linda Collins. Police stated prison costs had been pending and didn’t say whether or not they had been looking for some other suspects in Collins’ demise.
Collins, 57, who glided by Collins-Smith within the Legislature, was discovered useless June four exterior her house in Pocahontas, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.
A State Police spokesman declined to say the place O’Donnell was being held. The Randolph County jail referred inquiries to the sheriff, who didn’t instantly return a name looking for remark. State Police stated it didn’t know when O’Donnell would seem in courtroom.
Ken Yang, a former communications director for Collins, stated O’Donnell had labored on the previous lawmaker’s most up-to-date marketing campaign and that the 2 had been pals. Yang stated Collins’ household didn’t have a right away touch upon the arrest however could subject an announcement.
Collins served one time period within the state Home and was initially elected as a Democrat in 2010. However she switched events and have become a Republican in 2011, the yr earlier than the GOP gained management of each chambers of the Legislature. She was elected to the state Senate in 2014 and was some of the conservative lawmakers within the majority-GOP chamber. She misplaced re-election within the Republican main final yr. Collins and her husband, retired Circuit Decide Philip Smith, divorced final yr and had been in the midst of a authorized struggle over their properties, together with a motel.
Authorities have launched few particulars about Collins’ killing and haven’t stated how or when the previous lawmaker was killed. A decide final week granted a request by prosecutors to seal paperwork and statements obtained by police through the investigation. Collins was lively on social media however her final tweet was posted in late Might.
Collins’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning in Pocahontas. Collins’ two grownup youngsters and father stated Monday they had been saddened and angered by the previous lawmaker’s killing.
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