Suspect in Collins murder back in court as judge rules on motions
POCAHONTAS – Suspect in last summer’s stabbing death of former local state Sen. Linda Collins, Rebecca O’Donnell, was back in court June 12 for a pretrial hearing in which Special Judge John Fogleman ruled on several motions made by O’Donnell defense attorneys Katherine Streett and Lee Short.
Friday’s two-hour-long session at Randolph County Circuit Court had been postponed from last month’s originally-scheduled date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the motions were firmly denied by Judge Fogleman, such as dismissal of the capital murder charge and request to change to 1st degree murder. Fogleman, however, granted such motions as allowing O’Donnell’s defense team to meet with her after hours in a private setting as well as allowing her doctor to visit her at the jail if the doctor so chose.
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