Former Democrat Senator, Turned Republican, From Clinton’s State Murdered

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Linda Collins-Smith, a former Arkansas state senator, was found dead in her home on Tuesday. She was 57.

Collins-Smith, who switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party in 2011 during her first term in the Arkansas House, was discovered in her Pocahontas home with a gunshot wound, her former press secretary Ken Yang toldKATV.

At this time, it is unclear how, when, or why Collins-Smith was killed, but Yang told the outlet that her neighbors had reportedly heard several gunshots just a day or two before her body was discovered, wrapped in some sort of blanket.

By the time authorities found Collins-Smith, they said her body had already begun to decompose, which made the identification process more difficult, according to the Ark Times.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police are now investigating her death as suspicious, Region 8 News reports. Sheriff Kevin Bell also told the outlet that the public does not appear to be in danger.

Representatives at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police did not immediately respond to…

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