UPDATE: Records Sealed in Killing of Linda Collins-Smith, Former Arkansas Senator

June 5, 2019


Arkansas judge seals police records in killing of former senator Linda Collins-Smith

by Scott Carroll


                                               Former Arkansas senator Linda Collins-
                                               (Photo: Linda Collins-Smith for Senate)
A judge has sealed investigative files in the killing of former Arkansas senator Linda Collins-Smith.

The Randolph County prosecuting attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Circuit Judge Harold Erwin had sealed documents and statements obtained by police.

The Randolph County sheriff’s office said it will issue a “brief statement” on the case Wednesday. They did not answer.

The order comes after Collins-Smith was found dead from a gunshot wound at her home in Pocahontas on Tuesday. Ken Yang, her former press secretary, has said her death is being investigated as a homicide.

According to Yang, neighbors heard gunshots a day or two before Collins-Smith’s body was found. Her body was reportedly wrapped in a blanket.

Smith was a Republican state representative from 2011-2013. She served in the state senate from 2015-2019.

In statement Wednesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was “stunned and saddened” by Collins-Smith’s death.

“She was a good person who served in the public arena with passion and conviction,” Hutchinson tweeted. “The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time.”