POCAHONTAS, Ark. – The female suspect in the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins faces several serious charges including one that comes with the potential of the death penalty.
Rebecca O’Donnell, 48, was in court for the first time Monday morning in Randolph County. In her probable cause hearing, prosecutors revealed they have probable cause to charge O’Donnell with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.
No option for bail was given to O’Donnell.
Updated: 12:00 PM
The courtroom was full of attendees. NEA Report had several independent legal sources in the courtroom and none were able to get the probable cause affidavit. It is unclear if it is being released or if the prosecutor will also attempt to seal it (more below).
Front row, the father, son, and daughter of Collins sat front row. The long-time boyfriend of O’Donnell, Tim Loggains, was also present and was observed pacing back and forth before he sat down near the front. He appeared to be nervously looking around and his face was “beet red,” one observer said.
Following the appearance in court, the prosecutor released a misleading statement suggesting his order was not, in fact, a gag order. He also made a baseless claim that leaks jeopardize cases more than anything else. We found evidence to the contrary.