New Judge Named To Handle Arkansas Ex-Lawmaker Death Case

Jun 27, 2019

Linda Collins
Credit Arkansas Legislature

A new judge has been named to handle the case surrounding the killing of a former Arkansas lawmaker who was found dead outside her home.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp on Thursday named retired Circuit Judge David Goodson to preside over the case involving the killing of former Sen. Linda Collins. Judge Harold Erwin had been presiding over the case and the order said he requested the reassignment but doesn't say why.

Collins, who went by Collins-Smith in the Legislature, was found dead June 4 outside her home in Pocahontas, which is about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell has been charged with capital murder in Collins' killing. Authorities have released few details and have not said whether they are seeking any other suspects.