Back in June of this year, a Republican senator was tragically found dead outside of her home in Arkansas. The case has continued to develop since then, including news about the assigned prosecutor.
Henry Boyce, the prosecuting attorney, asked to be removed from the case of former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith (R-Pocahontas). The family of Collins-Smith released a statement shortly thereafter.
“We continue to feel very confident in the work the Arkansas State Police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department have done in the investigation of this case,” said the statement.
“We want to stress that the case brought by the State against the woman accused is strong, regardless of those who have recused from this case,” continued the statement, referring to the prosecutor and the suspect.
The primary suspect is Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell. Collins-Smith and O’Donnell were reportedly “good friends” who “traveled together and did grassroots stuff,” said the late senator’s spokesman, Ken Yang, in June.
The family’s statement went on to say that they hope “Judge Fogleman will take the actions necessary to set this case back on track, and make it an urgent priority to provide transparency to the public.”
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