Arkansas Woman Charged With Murder In Ex-Senator's Killing

Jun 17, 2019

Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell being escorted into the Randolph County Courthouse Monday where she was formally charged with capital murder in the death of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins.
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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 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.