VIDEO: Former campaign worker charged with murdering ex-senator

An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home.

A judge also found probable cause to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, Jonesboro television station KAIT reported. The judge did not set bond for O’Donnell, who was arrested Friday in former Sen. Linda Collins’ death.

The article goes on to state the following:

Authorities haven’t said how or when Collins was killed. The day after her body was found, a judge granted prosecutors’ request to seal all documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation.

The Washington Examiner further reported:

Ken Yang, a former press secretary for Collins-Smith, 57, said that she and O’Donnell were friends and that O’Donnell had worked on her campaign in the past.

Collins-Smith, 57, spent one term in the state House as a Democrat before switching parties in 2011. She won election to the state Senate in 2014 as a Republican. She lost reelection in the GOP primary last year.

After O’Donnell’s arrest, Collins-Smith’s family issued a statement: “We are sickened and upset that someone so close to Linda, would be involved in such a terrible, heartless crime. We would like to thank everyone for the continued prayers and thoughts for our family during this difficult time.”

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