NEWTON, NC (WOIO) - After 31-year-old Maggie Daniels, a Lakewood native, was found strangled to death inside her Newton, North Carolina apartment on June 27, police arrested Sharman Howard Odom as their primary suspect.
Howard was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury and on August 19, the District Attorney (DA) filed a motion to seek the death penalty if the case results in a guilty verdict.
Although no court date has been established to decide on the motion, the DA requests to have the matter heard within 45 days of the filing date, which would be by October 2.
Odom was charged with first degree murder, first degree sexual offense and first degree kidnapping.
Two years ago Odom was arrested for violent crimes against three women. He was accused of raping and strangling a victim, but each case was dismissed or dropped.
Daniels graduated from Notre Dame College and moved to NC to work as a high school teacher and counselor.
Odom lived in the same apartment complex as Daniels.
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