LINDA COLLINS, BECKY O’DONNELL: O’Donnell posted this photo on her Facebook page several days after Collins’ body was found.

UPDATE: Judge David Goodson set the next pre-trial date for February 28. The trial is set to begin October 19, 2020. 


Earlier post:

The Pocahontas Star Herald reports on the latest in the court proceedings of Rebecca O’Donnell, charged with murdering Linda Collins, a former state representative and senator.


O’Donnell will appear in Randolph County Circuit Court this morning at 10:30 a.m at a pre-trial hearing. O’Donnell pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on July 30. She was granted a continuance at her last appearance, at a pre-trial hearing in September.

O’Donnell was a long-time friend and campaigner for Collins. She faces charges of capital murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.


Earlier this month, Judge David Goodson denied a motion by news outlets for access to sealed court filings and the lifting of gag orders.