The fiance of an ex-campaign official accused of murdering the former California state senator, Linda Collins, says the two women & # 39; best friends & # 39; and that there were & # 39; no chance & # 39; is that she killed the legislator.
Tim Loggains defended his partner Rebecca Lynn O & Donnell, 48, after being charged with capital murder, corpse abuse and tampering earlier this month. She is confronted with a possible death penalty if she is convicted.
He told Good morning America: & # 39; Becky is unable to do this. I have not questioned that at all.
& # 39; She is the best actress in the world and a sociopath and has fooled me completely or there is no chance that she did this. & # 39;
His defense of D & Donnell comes as it was revealed Loggains had power of attorney over Collins, who was found dead in early June outside her own home in Pocahontas.
But he defended that step and said it was at Linda & # 39; s request: & # 39; I didn't want to do it, but Linda needed the help and you help a friend when you need him.
& # 39; I have never made a penny to help Linda. Period. & # 39;
Tim Loggains, left, defended his partner, Rebecca Lynn D & Donnell, center after being accused of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with the death of Linda Collins, right
Becky is unable to do this. I have not questioned that at all & # 39 ;, Tim told Good Morning America
O & # 39; Donnell changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her smiling next to Collins on June 10 – six days after the body was found and four days before she was arrested.
She escaped prosecution in 2014 for allegedly stealing a bag of designer jeans from Curvy, a large consignment workshop in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where she worked.
The authorities have released few details about the Collins murder and have not said how or when the former legislator was murdered.
Her body was wrapped in a blanket according to a blanket The Arkansas Timesand would have a gunshot.
Sources claimed that Collins' body started to decompose, making it difficult to identify.
O & # 39; Donnell had been working on the most recent campaign from the legislator, and Loggains said his fiancée was the last to see Linda alive.
Tim added: & # 39; I believe it was 28. She took Linda to lunch, she told me.
& # 39; They were very close. Becky worked for Linda, but Linda was a friend of the family. It was just like Becky's & # 39; s sister, Linda was like my sister. & # 39;
O & # 39; Donnell changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her smiling next to Collins on June 10 – six days after the body was found and four days before she was arrested
Loggains said his fiancé, pictured together, was the last person to see the lawmaker live and confirmed that he had power of attorney over Collins, but that he & # 39; had never helped a nickel to help Linda & # 39;
Collins served a term in the State House and was originally elected as a democrat in 2010. But she switched and became a republican in 2011, the year before the GOP gained control of both chambers of the legislature
Loggains said that Becky & # 39; sad & # 39; about her arrest & # 39; which hurts her family & # 39; but also & # 39; is angry with the person who arrested her and why & # 39 ;.
He said it was he who said that Becky Collins was found dead and that she & # 39; collapsed & # 39; was when she heard the news.
The couple was on their way to a Collins memorial when they were run over by police, according to Loggains.
He added: & I mean, I don't know what's going on, but it is clear that they are stopping us with my son in the truck.
& # 39; We stopped and they turned AR15 & # 39; s towards us and you could see the look of just disbelief on her face that it happened. & # 39;
After the arrest of O & # 39; Donnell, the Collins family issued a statement that read in part: & We are sick and angry that someone so close to Linda would be involved in such a terrible, heartless crime. & # 39;
The authorities have released few details about the Collins murder and have not said how or when the former legislator was murdered. Sources claimed that Collins & # 39; body began to decompose
Collins & # 39; body was reportedly wrapped in a blanket and would have a gunshot
Collins served one term in the state House and was originally elected as a Democrat in 2010. But she changed parties and became a Republican in 2011, the year before GOP control of both Chambers of the Legislature.
She was elected senate state in 2014 and was one of the most conservative legislators in the GOP majority chamber. They lost re-election in the Republican primary last year.
Collins and her husband, retired Circuit Judge Philip Smith, were divorced last year and were in the middle of a legal battle over their property, including a motel.
In a statement released on June 11, Collins & # 39; two adult children and father said they & # 39; surprised, angry, angry and sad, were dead.
And her daughter-in-law, Jennifer McKenzie-Smith, wrote on Facebook: & # 39; Linda Collins loved her family. Now a monster has taken her away from us. & # 39;
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