New charges were filed Tuesday against the woman accused of killing former state Sen. Linda Collins. The charges, filed in Jackson County, allege that Rebecca O'Donnell attempted to solicit the killing of Collins' ex-husband while being held in the county jail.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed on Tuesday, O'Donnell spoke to four different inmates at the county jail about arranging to kill Phil Smith, Collins' ex-husband, and have the death look like a suicide. O'Donnell is also alleged to have solicited an attempt to blow up her car to "destroy any evidence that may be in the vehicle," according to the affidavit.
O'Donnell was a friend and former campaign aide to Collins. She was arrested an charged in the lawmaker's death last June, and has pleaded innocent to capital murder.
Several women who Collins spoke with at the jail later spoke to investigators with State Police, the affidavit said.
Authorities wrote that two of the women also told police that O'Donnell wanted to arrange the killing of the former prosecutor of her murder case, Henry Boyce. One said O'Donnell wanted to have a judge in Randolph County, Harold Erwin, killed, and another said O'Donnell solicited the murder of Phil Smith's new wife, Mary Smith, according to the affidavit.
O'Donnell was charged with two counts each of solicitation to commit capital murder and solicitation to commit tampering with physical evidence.
Boyce, the former prosecutor, withdrew from Collins' murder case last year along with a judge who had previously been assigned to the matter. A new prosecutor, Robert Dittrich, has been assigned to handle the case.
No initial court date has been scheduled on the new charges against O'Donnell.