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CrimePolice: Arkansas woman arrested in ex-lawmaker's death

04:50  15 june  2019
04:50  15 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Police investigate body found outside ex-lawmaker's home

Police investigate body found outside ex-lawmaker's home Authorities in Arkansas say they're investigating as a homicide remains found outside the home of a former state senator who Republican Party officials say is dead. An Arkansas State Police spokesman said Wednesday that the remains were found Tuesday outside the home in Pocahontas. Police declined to identify the victim. Property records show the home belongs to former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith and her ex-husband. The state GOP tweeted Tuesday night that 57-year-old Collins-Smith had died.

The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker whose body was found at her home last week said Tuesday they're saddened and angered by her death , and are Police have not named a suspect or announced an arrest in Collins' death . "As much as we want to speak to you, know that we also want

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Police: Arkansas woman arrested in ex-lawmaker's death© Danny Johnston/AP Photo In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Friday night said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of a former state senator who was found dead outside her own home.

Arkansas State Police said they and Randolph County sheriff's deputies arrested 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell in connection with the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins . Police said criminal charges were pending and did not say whether they were seeking any other suspects in Collins' death.

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The Arkansas State Police said the medical examiner confirmed that former state Sen. Police did not give a cause of death , but said Wednesday that they're investigating the case as a homicide. Ken Yang, her former communications director in the Senate, has said the former lawmaker ' s family has

Authorities in Arkansas on Thursday confirmed that a body found outside the home of a former Republican state lawmaker was hers, and police are investigating her death as a homicide. The Arkansas State Police said the medical examiner confirmed that former state Sen.

Collins, who went by Collins-Smith in the Legislature, was found dead June 4 outside her home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

A State Police spokesman declined to say where O'Donnell was being held. The Randolph County jail referred questions to the sheriff, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Collins served one term in the state House and was originally elected as a Democrat in 2010. But she switched parties and became a Republican in 2011, the year before the GOP won control of both chambers of the Legislature. She was elected to the state Senate in 2014 and was one of the most conservative lawmakers in the majority-GOP chamber. She lost re-election in the Republican primary last year.

Authorities have released few details about Collins' killing and have not said how the former lawmaker was killed. A judge last week granted a request by prosecutors to seal documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation.

Collins' funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning in Pocahontas.

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