Second Former Republican State Senator Shot Dead at Home

Second Former Republican State Senator Shot Dead at Home

A second former GOP state senator was found dead from a gunshot wound inside their home within a span of just two days.

Linda Collins-Smith

The body former Republican Arkansas state Senator Linda Collins-Smith, 57, was discovered Tuesday night at her home in in the city of Pocahontas, 145 miles northeast of the state capital in Little Rock. It's being treated as a homicide investigation.

Collins-Smith's former press secretary, Ken Yang, told Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV that her body had been wrapped in a blanket after she was shot. Authorities were initially unable to confirm her identity because of the condition of the body. No arrests have been made.

Collins-Smith served in the state House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, switching from a Democrat to a Republican only months after taking office. Her political stances included overturning Roe v. Wade, protecting gun rights and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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