Woman charged with capital murder in death of former State Senator Linda Collins


Rebecca O’Donnell, a suspect in the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins, made her first appearance in court today in northeast Arkansas.

O’Donnell is being held on a capital murder charge, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. No bond is set at this time. 

More details to come on this developing story.

Ken Yang, who has served as a spokesman for Collins’ family, released this statement from the family Friday night:

This evening our family received news that an arrest was made in connection to the ongoing investigation. We are sickened and upset that someone so close to Linda, would be involved in such a terrible, heartless crime. The family is very confident that the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police will continue to work diligently to bring justice to this case. We would like to thank everyone for the continued prayers and thoughts for our family during this difficult time.

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