Arkansas woman arrested in homicide of former state senator

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An Arkansas woman has been arrested in connection to the homicide of former state senator Linda Collins-Smith, state police said Friday. Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, is currently in custody and charges are pending, police said.

Collins-Smith’s remains were found outside her home in Pocahontas on June 4. Her funeral is scheduled for Friday morning.

Police have not yet released how she was killed. 

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Neighbors told CBS Little Rock affiliate KTHV the area is typically quiet. 

Collins-Smith was elected to the state House a Democrat in 2010 before she switched parties in 2011. She was elected to state Senate in 2014, but lost re-election in a GOP primary.

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