Girl arrested in reference to demise of ex-Arkansas lawmaker Linda Collins


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities on Friday evening mentioned they’ve arrested an Arkansas girl in reference to the killing of a former state senator who was discovered lifeless exterior her own residence.

Arkansas State Police mentioned 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 mentioned felony prices have been pending and didn’t say whether or not they have been searching for another suspects in Collins’ demise.

Collins, 57, who glided by Collins-Smith within the Legislature, was discovered lifeless June four exterior her dwelling 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 searching for remark. State Police mentioned it didn’t know when O’Donnell would seem in court docket.

Ken Yang, a former communications director for Collins, mentioned O’Donnell had labored on the previous lawmaker’s most up-to-date marketing campaign and that the 2 have been associates. Yang mentioned Collins’ household didn’t have a direct 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 12 months earlier than the GOP received management of each chambers of the Legislature. She was elected to the state Senate in 2014 and was one of the conservative lawmakers within the majority-GOP chamber. She misplaced re-election within the Republican main final 12 months. Collins and her husband, retired Circuit Decide Philip Smith, divorced final 12 months and have been in the midst of a authorized combat over their properties, together with a motel.

Authorities have launched few particulars about Collins’ killing and haven’t mentioned 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 energetic on social media however her final tweet was posted in late Could.

Collins’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning in Pocahontas. Collins’ two grownup kids and father mentioned Monday they have been saddened and angered by the previous lawmaker’s killing.