Charges have been formally filed against a Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell for the murder of former Arkansas state senator Linda Collins-Smith. On Friday, O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, was charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Collins-Smith was discovered shot to death outside her home on June 4. According to Good Morning America, she was wrapped in a blanket. Following the discovery of the body and identification, police records in the case have been sealed.
A former campaign worker for Collins-Smith, O’Donnell worked on the former state senator’s last reelection campaign in 2018. However, Collins-Smith was defeated in the primary. She served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013 and in the Senate from 2014-2018.
CBS News reports that Ken Yang, a former communications director for Collins-Smith, described the two individuals as “good friends” who traveled together.
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O’Donnell’s fiancé, Tim Loggains, recently appeared on Good Morning America to dispute the charges against O’Donnell. Loggains claims that he informed O’Donnell about Collins-Smith’s death, and that she is both “sad” and “angry.”
“She is sad that this is hurting her family, but she’s angry and she’s strong,” he says. When asked who she is angry at, Loggains says that O’Donnell angry at “whoever arrested her and why.”
The couple discovered that O’Donnell was a suspect in the case, according to Loggains, when they were driving to Collins-Smith’s memorial service.
“It’s obvious they’re stopping us with my son in the truck. We stopped, and they’ve got AR-15s pointed at us, and you can see the look of just utter disbelief on her face that that was happening,” Loggains says.
Collins-Smith’s family released a statement which read, “We are sickened and upset that someone so close to Linda would be involved in such a terrible, heartless crime.”