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The former campaign staffer and a friend as suspects in the assassination of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, was charged on Monday with capital murder — potentially putting the death penalty into play if they are convicted.
Rebecca Lynn O’donnell, 48, also was charged Monday with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, and ordered held without any bond. It was on Friday arrested in connection with Collins, Smith, is dead.
The former 57-year-old lawmaker was found dead outside her home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock, on the 4th of June.
But beyond those basic facts, the majority of the elements of the case will continue to be quiet by the authorities. It is not clear if, or how, the officials believe that she died, or what O ‘ Donnell has been the motive might have been. Further clouding the matter, a judge sided with the prosecutors, and the police ordered the documents sealed. Prosecutors had argued that the files could prejudice public opinion before a trial, and it should also be noted that the release of the information to be included in the current period of time can be harmful to the ongoing investigation of Collins-Smith’s death.
THE FORMER ARKANSAS STATE SENATOR, REPORTEDLY, WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN HER HOME
One of the former Collins-Smith, a spokesperson to describe the relationship between the victim and O’donnell as well as that of two of his friends. The court documents revealed, O’donnell was a witness in the Collins-Smith, in the divorce case of a retired Circuit Judge Philip Smith, the previous year.
– In This Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, arkansas. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
Robin, Meantime, an attorney for Collins during her divorce, she told me that they can’t believe that O’donnell was able to get to the crime, and he described the woman as a close confidant of the former law.
“They treated Linda as if she was her friend, or her mother,” Emis said. “She looked down at her, and protected her to a degree, that it was me.”
Tim Loggains, O’donnell’s fiance, agreed with the Emis taken, adding both he and O’donnell “loved by Linda, and worked tirelessly and gave of our time and energy in order to support her in every way.”
One of the former Collins-Smith, a spokesperson to describe the relationship between the target (on the left) and O’donnell (right) is the one of the two friends.
“Even though Becky and I have been devastated by the current liabilities, we’re trying to get the trust and confidence of the judicial process, and we hope that every possible suspect is being investigated,” Loggains said in a statement. “A lot of hurtful things that are being printed, and we ask that people please show us mercy, while the police are investigating every possibility.”
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Phil Collins has been chosen as a Democrat in 2010, and has served one term in the state House. She changed parties and became a Republican in 2011, the year before the GOP won control of both houses of the Legislature.
She was elected to the state Senate in 2014, and was recognized as one of the most conservative senators in the majority, the GOP’s room. Last year, she lost her primary to seal her to leave for the office.
On Fox News’ On … We and The Associated Press contributed to this report.