LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Mike Hunter lives next door to where Maggie Daniels grew up in Lakewood. His family has known the Daniel's for 25 years, and is heartbroken my her murder.
"Maggie was like one of my daughters," said Hunter. "They all grew up together. They played together. They had sleepovers together, so it was devastating to hear that kind of news about what happened to her."
Daniels was found dead inside her Newton, North Carolina apartment five weeks ago. Investigators interviewed more than one hundred people and sent dozens of items to the lab for analysis. That evidence led them to Sharman Odom, who made his first court appearance on Monday.
Detectives say Odom strangled Daniels to death, and a patch of missing hair was found on Odom's scalp.
We've learned Odom's been arrested in the past for attacking three women two years ago. He was accused of raping and strangling a victim, but each case was dismissed or dropped.
"He doesn't deserve to be on the streets for what he's gotten away with and then he did the ultimate and finally got caught," said Hunter.
Daniel's younger sister posted on her Facebook that the family appreciates all the support and prayers during a difficult time.
"We took it hard, and they're still taking it hard. It's just not something you expect to happen to your children," Hunter said.
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