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IN APRIL 2022, NBC’s Dateline will tell the story of former state senator Linda Collins, who was brutally murdered in 2019.

At first authorities struggled to understand why anyone would kill Collins, but in a shocking twist, her friend confessed to the crime and is now serving time behind bars.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell pleaded guilty to murdering Senator Linda CollinsCredit: AP

Who is Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell?

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell is known as Collins’ former campaign worker and friend.

In August 2020, she made headlines after pleading guilty to murdering the former Arkansas senator.

“I went to Linda’s house, and I intentionally killed her, and then I hid the body,” O’Donnell told the court, according to ABC News affiliate KATV in Little Rock.

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She had previously pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

However, she changed her plea after prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty.

Other than his previous roles, no additional information is available about O’Donnell’s personal life.

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O’Donnell pleaded guilty to first degree murder and abuse of a corpse and later pleaded ‘no contest’ to two counts of solicitation to commit capital murder in another county, in connection with a murder-for-hire plot, according to ABC News.

She was later sentenced to 40 years for the murder, 14 years for the solicitation counts and three years for abuse of a corpse.

“Today, our family found justice quickly through a plea agreement,” Collins’ family said in a statement after the proceedings.

“We know that some will not be happy with this result today. And we realize that whatever the punishment [O’Donnell] receive it will never be enough…. It will never bring back my grandfather’s daughter or my mother or our children’s grandmother. No punishment will ever fill this void that [O’Donnell] done in our lives the day she killed our mother.

“Today we find some peace that Rebecca O’Donnell will be imprisoned for a very long time, unable to harm anyone else. If my mother were here today, I have no doubt she would quote the Bible and tell us that we can find peace in God. »

Although a motive was never revealed, Collins’ son believes O’Donnell was stealing money from his mother and when she confronted her about it, she stabbed her to death.

The case files were sealed by the original judge overseeing the case, leaving many wondering why this happened, ABC notes.

However, according to the North West Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Collins’ family then sued state police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to review the records, which later revealed that O’Donnell had sold some gold and silver for a total of $15,110 three times. were stored in Collins’ home.

In March 2022, the family was close to reaching an agreement on the elements of the investigation that will be made public, the media note.

Rebecca was Linda's former campaign worker and friend
Rebecca was Linda’s former campaign worker and friendCredit: Facebook

Who was Senator Linda Collins?

Collins was known as an American businesswoman and politician who served as a Republican member of the Arkansas Senate.

Outside of politics, she was known as the owner and operator of Days Inn and Suites of Pocahontas and was also the founder of Randolph County Tourism, according to Ballotpedia.

She was previously married to Philip Smith and was the mother of two children, Butch and Heather.

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Butch is said to have been the one to find Collins’ body after she was stabbed to death, an image he says is “burnt into my brain”.

Her story will be told on NBC’s Dateline on April 8, 2022, starting at 8 p.m. EST, and will feature interviews with her children as well as Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell and State Senator Gary Stubblefield.

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