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Suspect in Maggie Daniels’ death indicted for murder, sexual assault

Maggie Daniels

The man suspected in the death of Newton high school counselor Maggie Daniels has been indicted by a grand jury on murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping charges, the District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Sharman Howard Odom, 34, of Newton, was taken into custody by police Aug. 2 at his mother’s house in Winston-Salem. At the time of the death, Odom was living in the same apartment complex as Daniels, police said.

Daniels, 31, was found dead in her Newton apartment June 28. Police said she had been strangled.

Newton police Chief Donald Brown II said investigators had focused on Odom after searching his iPhone 5 and finding three photos he took of himself June 28, the day Daniels’ body was found.

In the photos, he had scratches on his right nostril and below his left eye.

“The injuries appeared pink, suggesting they were new,” according to a search warrant in the case. And during a July search of Odom’s apartment, investigators discovered what they believe was a section of his hair.

Brown said there appeared to be a struggle in Daniels’ apartment. He said the suspect and victim apparently didn’t know each other.

Odom was born in Charlotte and lived there until 2012, when he moved to Newton to be closer to his mother, according to his family.

He was charged with crimes in 2010 and 2012, but both cases were dismissed.

Daniels grew up in a Cleveland suburb and moved to North Carolina in 2005 after graduating from Notre Dame College in the Cleveland area. She taught English and coached basketball at Newton-Conover High School and was named teacher of the year in 2011.

She went to Discovery High School in Newton in 2013 as a counselor.

Odom’s mother, Darlene, was arrested on assault charges Aug. 4 after her son’s initial court appearance in Newton. That followed an altercation between the woman and news reporters.

The District Attorney’s Office said Sharman Odom is being held without bond at the Catawba County Detention Facility, with a trial date set for Oct. 6.

Source : www.charlotteobserver.com

Maggie Daniels | Warrant: ‘Selfie’ may have implicated man in teacher’s death


NEWTON, NC | Police have revealed how a popular Catawba County teacher died, hours after her accused killer appeared in court for the first time.

Investigators say Maggie Daniels died of strangulation.

The announcement came on Monday afternoon, hours after 34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom made his first appearance in court.

Odom is charged with murder in Daniel’s death. Her body was found inside her apartment five weeks ago, on June 28.

“She died of strangulation,” said Newton Police Chief Donald Brown. “There was a struggle.”

A search warrant obtained on Monday shows the struggle took place inside Daniels’ apartment in Newton. The warrants mention a patch of missing hair near Odom’s scalp.

The search warrant also  showed that officers noticed a scratch on the suspect’s face just a few days after Daniels was found murdered.

A detailed search of data in Odom’s phone revealed that he had taken a “selfie” photograph that could have implications in the case.

“The day that Daniels body was discovered,” says Chief Donald Brown, “Odom had taken a selfie picture of himself that showed scratches on his face.”

Brown also said the investigation has concluded that Daniels died the night before her body was found, before that “selfie” picture was taken.  Brown says more than 3,000 man hours have been spent on the case and that there is more work to do.

When asked if Maggie Daniels had been sexually assaulted, Brown said investigators are still waiting on lab tests to determine that. Brown said his department and the community are relieved that an arrest has been made.

Brown says there was nothing to indicate any relationship between Odom and Daniels.

Odom was given a court-appointed attorney and had a probable cause hearing set for August 28.

He didn’t answer any questions as police took him to jail on Saturday, but he had a smile on his face the whole time. Odom lived near Daniels, living in the same apartment complex.

Police served three search warrants a week before the arrest. WBTV obtained video from a neighbor of officers at the apartment.

Sources tell WBTV that DNA results from that search led to the arrest of Odom, who apparently skipped town Friday night when police went after him. He was taken into custody in Winston-Salem.

“Our lives have been forever changed, and we will never get over the loss of our sweet Maggie, but we are so relieved to have the horrible person responsible for this loss, in custody, never able to hurt another human being again,” Maggie’s family said on Facebook on Saturday. “Continue your prayers for all of us, and pray for justice for Maggie.”

Source : http://www.wbtv.com/