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The Latest: Ex-lawmaker died from multiple stab wounds

Posted at 1:55 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 18:00:04-04

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment and plea of a woman charged in the murder of a former Arkansas lawmaker (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

Police documents say a woman charged in the fatal stabbing of a former Arkansas lawmaker last month was captured on video removing security cameras inside the victim’s home.

An arrest affidavit that was released Tuesday says former state Sen. Linda Collins died of multiple stab wounds. It says Collins’ son and father found her body June 4 wrapped in a blanket and hidden under a tarp outside her home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

According to the affidavit, State Police agents determined Collins was last seen alive May 28.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell has been charged with capital murder in Collins’ death.

The affidavit says video from that day showed O’Donnell removing cameras from inside Collins’ home.

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3:50 p.m.

An Arkansas judge has lifted an order sealing records related to the arrest of a woman charged in the killing of a former Arkansas lawmaker who was found dead outside her home last month.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Tuesday that prosecutors announced in court they plan to seek the death penalty against Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, who has been charged with capital murder in the killing of former state Sen. Linda Collins.

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.

Authorities have released few details about Collins’ killing. The day after her body was found, a judge granted prosecutors’ request to seal all documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation.

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12 p.m.

Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against a woman charged in the killing of a former Arkansas lawmaker who was found dead outside her home last month.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell has been charged with capital murder in the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins. 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.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that his office would formally announce its plans at O’Donnell’s arraignment and plea hearing. It is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Pocahontas.

Authorities have released few details about Collins’ killing and have not said how she died.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com