A new, 4th Circuit Judge assigned to Collins’ case

POCAHONTAS—The capital case against Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell for the murder of former state Sen. Linda Collins was assigned a new judge last week, marking the fourth judge to be appointed to the case.

Circuit Judge John Fogleman, of Marion, was selected by Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp Tuesday, Nov. 26, to oversee the case. Fogleman, who replaces Judge David Goodson, comes from northeast Arkansas’ 2nd Judicial Circuit, which borders the 3rd Circuit that includes Randolph County.

According to the order, obtained from the Randolph County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Fogleman’s assignment will include all ancillary proceedings, which may arise, as well as those subsequent as directed and ordered by him. The order for Goodson’s termination as special judge, filed the same day, stated it was being granted upon Goodson’s own request, although no further explanations were given. The retired Goodson was assigned to the case in June after first, Judge Harold Erwin, and then Judge Tom Garner recused themselves as did every other judge in the circuit as Collins’ ex- husband, Phil Smith, had served as a judge on the circuit.

 

 

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