Good friend of slain former Arkansas state senator Linda Collins-Smith charged with homicide


A pal of the ex-Arkansas state senator discovered shot useless in her house this month was charged together with her homicide on Monday.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, was ordered held with out bond after being charged with capital homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with proof within the loss of life of 57-year-old former Arkansas State Senator Linda Collins-Smith.

The accused killer had labored on the previous lawmaker’s marketing campaign and the pair had been “good pals,” mentioned Ken Yang, a former communications director for Collins-Smith.

“They traveled collectively and did grassroots stuff, even after Linda misplaced her re-election,” Yang informed CBS Information.

Collins-Smith, who was elected as a Republican in 2011 however misplaced a reelection bid final 12 months, was discovered slain in her home in Pocahontas June 4, not less than two days after her neighbors reported listening to gunshots.

Her physique was in an “superior state of decomposition” and it took authorities two days to determine the stays utilizing dental document, in response to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

O’Donnell, who was arrested Friday, appeared within the Randolph County Courthouse Monday, handcuffed in a checkered black-and-gray jail uniform and bulletproof vest, the paper reported.

She stayed mum as a public defender filed an affidavit of indigency. No plea was entered throughout the roughly 15 minute listening to.

“We’re sickened and upset that somebody so near Linda could be concerned in such a heartless crime,” Collins-Smith’s relations mentioned in an announcement.