Arrest made in connection to murder of former State Senator Linda Collins

Local News
January 01 2022 12:00 am

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark. – A woman has been arrested in connection with the homicide of former Arkansas State Senator Linda Collins-Smith.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas is currently in custody. Criminal charges are pending.  

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and Deputies of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, in coordination with the Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office made the arrest. 

The investigation is presently at a critical juncture and no further information will be released at this hour until authorities are confident it will not comprise the integrity of the criminal case.

The Randolph County Sheriff confirms O’Donnell is pictured right in this photo. The Senator is pictured left. The suspect made this her profile photo on Facebook days after the homicide (photo courtesy: O’Donnell’s Facebook).

Collins’ family released the following statement Friday night:

This evening, our family received the 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 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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