The decomposing body of former Republican lawmaker Linda Collins-Smith, 57, was found outside of her Pocahontas home in June of 2019. She had been shot. Her close friend Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 49, who once campaigned for her, was arrested the same month and charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been held on no bond since.
Martha McKay, 63, a member of the Snowden family, was found dead on Wednesday inside the colonial-style house at Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County, Arkansas.
A Benton County jury found Torres, 50, of Bella Vista, guilty of capital murder and battery during his retrial in the 2015 death of Isaiah Torres. He faced death or life in prison without parole.
Mauricio Torres’ 2016 conviction and death sentence were overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled 4-3 last April that Arkansas authorities couldn’t use rape as a justification for the murder conviction because the assault occurred in Missouri. Torres’ son died at an Arkansas hospital a day after the assault.