An Arkansas lady killed a state senator for cash and since she feared arrest — then plotted hits on a prosecutor and decide concerned within the case, in keeping with new reports.
Rebecca O’Donnell, 49, is charged with capital homicide, abuse of a corpse and proof tampering for the slaying of 57-year-old former state Sen. Linda Collins in June.
Prosecutors revealed for the primary time the attainable motive for the crime in courtroom filings, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Robert Dittrich, the particular prosecutor assigned to the case, wrote in courtroom papers that the irritating circumstances that justify the capital homicide cost are that the slaying “was dedicated for the aim of avoiding or stopping an arrest” and “for pecuniary achieve,” in keeping with the newspaper. The prosecutor didn’t reveal how she stood to achieve financially from the homicide or why she feared arrest.
O’Donnell had labored for the lawmaker’s marketing campaign they usually have been good pals, Collins’ spokesman instructed the paper.
In January, O’Donnell was hit with extra prices for allegedly making an attempt to recruit a number of feminine inmates on the Jackson County jail in murder-for-hire plots, the Arkansas Instances reported.
The targets included Collins’ ex-husband and his spouse, a decide and a previous prosecutor on O’Donnell’s homicide case, in keeping with the paper.
Collins, who was elected as a Republican in 2011 however misplaced a re-election bid final 12 months, was discovered slain in her home in Pocahontas on June 4, at the very least two days after her neighbors reported listening to gunshots.
Her physique was in an “superior state of decomposition” and it took authorities two days to establish the stays utilizing dental data, in keeping with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Prosecutors are looking for the dying penalty.