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CrimeFriend charged with murder of ex-state senator who was found slain outside her home

17:05  18 june  2019
17:05  18 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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(AP) — An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home . "She treated Linda as if she was either her friend or her mother. She just watched over her and protected her to a degree that was touching

A friend of a former Arkansas state senator found slain has been formally charged with murder and appeared in court Monday morning. O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, was arrested Friday in the death Collins-Smith, who was found dead outside her home about two hours northeast of Little Rock on

Friend charged with murder of ex-state senator who was found slain outside her home© Facebook Image: Arkansas Sen. Linda Collins-Smith and Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell.

A friend and onetime campaign aide for the former Arkansas state senator found dead outside her home has been charged with her murder.

Rebecca O'Donnell, 48, was charged Monday with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence on Monday, in the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith.

O'Donnell and Collins-Smith, 57, were friends and worked together last year, Collins-Smith's former press secretary Ken Yang previously told NBC News. O'Donnell, a former campaign staffer for Collins-Smith, was taken into custody on Friday, according to Arkansas State Police.

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(AP) — An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home . "She treated Linda as if she was either her friend or her mother. She just watched over her and protected her to a degree that was touching

An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home . A judge also found probable cause to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence

Police discovered Collins-Smith's body outside her home in Pocahontas, Arkansas on June 4. According to Henry H. Boyce, the prosecuting attorney in the case, it took investigators two days to identify the former senator using dental records because her body was in an "advanced state of decomposition."

Gregg Parrish, the executive director of the Arkansas Association of Public Defenders, said O'Donnell does not have the means to hire her own attorney.

Collins-Smith served in both the Arkansas House and Senate. In 2017, she introduced a controversial transgender "bathroom bill" that would have required people to use the bathrooms that correspond to their assigned sex.

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