Death penalty sought for woman accused of killing ex-senator

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FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, charged with killing former lawmaker Collins-Smith, who was found dead June 4, 2019 outside her own home. Prosecutor Henry Boyce on Tuesday, July 30 told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette his office would formally announce its plans at an arraignment and plea hearing for O’Donnell, who’s been charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — 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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