Who Killed Linda Collins? Death of former Arkansas state senator at home

Who Killed Linda Collins? Death of former Arkansas senator at home: Those who loved watching true crime cases are always interested to know more new episodes. One such show “Dateline” appeared with new criminal cases that offer viewers a real thrill experience. The show reappears with a new crime thriller episode that chronicles the story of former Arkansas State Senator Linda Collins. A former Arkansas state senator was found dead outside her home on June 4, 2019 at the age of 57. Dateline aired the episode about her death on Friday April 8, 2022. Read on to learn more about it. Follow more update on Mazic.co


What happened to Linda Collins?

Less than two weeks into their murder investigation, authorities arrested a suspect, Rebecca Lyn O’Donnell, one of Collins’ best friends. O’Donnell had participated in Collins’ political campaigns for the Arkansas Senator and had assisted her in her business ventures. Her motive, according to prosecutors, was money. O’Donnell reportedly stole from Collins, and Collin’s children believe a confrontation could have led directly to their mother’s death.

Collins was recently divorced, and her ex-husband, Judge Phil Smith, owned numerous gold and silver coins that Collins reportedly failed to discover at their home. The same coins were later sold by O’Donnell in Memphis and Little Rock for $15,000 about six months before the murder. But it was ultimately the removal of security cameras from Collins’ home that broke the case. She forgot one of the cameras and couldn’t completely erase the footage of the others, which shows her standing over Collin’s body with a knife and covered in blood.

Linda Collins cause of death

Following the death of former Senator Collins, O’Donnell was charged with capital murder, misappropriation of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Though she also attempted to solicit murders while awaiting trial in prison: those of Collin’s former husband, Judge Phil Smith, District Attorney Henry Boyce, and Judge Harold Erwin. These earned her additional charges of solicitation to kill.

Finally, on August 6, 2020, O’Donnell struck a plea deal and admitted that she went to her home from Linda, “and murdered her on purpose and then hid the body.” Had she not accepted the contract, O’Donnell might have been sentenced to death if the case went to trial.

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