KAIT reports that Special Circuit Judge John Fogleman today rejected Rebecca O’Donnel’s constitutional challenges to the capital murder charge filed against her in the death of former Sen. Linda Collins of Pocahontas, found stabbed to death at her home last year.
O’Donnell was charged after police found video recordings from a security camera of O’Donnell removing the camera. Other evidence has not been revealed, but the prosecution has said the motive was financial gain. O’Donnell had been a friend of Collins. Her boyfriend at one time had some control over Collins’ financial affairs with a power of attorney. He has not been charged or otherwise implicated in the case and has said O’Donnell is innocent.
Fogleman allowed O’Donnell to meet with her attorneys. In-person visitation has been limited by coronavirus protocols. He said he’d consider a trip to a doctor if a jail visit by physician couldn’t be arranged. And he said she could appear in street clothes before the jury at her trial later this year.
No mention in the KAIT coverage of whether the parties discussed today what material from search warrant affidavits and other evidence might be publicly released in advance of trial. O’Donnell’s attorneys also are seeking some idea of what the state is attempting to prove relative to pecuniary gain. It has executed numerous search warrants, examined vehicles and also gathered digital records of Collins’ phone, computer and business.
The court filed with the circuit clerk a summary of today’s proceeding and it indicates he’s received responses from the defense on unsealing some matters. He said he’d rule after hearing from the state. He put off a decision on several points. The summary
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O’Donnell is being held in Randolph County without bond. She also faces charges in Jackson County, where she was held for a time, for allegedly talking to other inmates about putting out a hit on people involved in the case.