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Plea deal offered to accused killer of popular Newton HS counselor

NEWTON, NC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors on Thursday gave accused killer Sharmon Odom a chance to escape the death penalty if he is convicted of murder.

Odom is accused in the strangulation of Maggie Daniels, a popular counselor at Discovery High School.

In a Newton courtroom it was announced that the state has offered Odom a plea deal where if he pleads guilty to First Degree Murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping, the cases will be consolidated and he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Defense attorneys told Judge Greg Hayes they were still reviewing lab test reports and other paperwork that amounts to "more than a thousand pages" and cannot make a decision on the offer right away.

Odom was brought into the courtroom for the administrative hearing that lasted just a few minutes. Odom showed no emotion and did not speak out in court.

He has been behind bars since his arrest in early August 2014 for the murder that happened in June of that year.

A grand jury returned indictments against him two weeks after he was arrested.

In court Thursday, defense attorneys requested time to review the new material and additional paperwork they expected to receive from the District Attorney's files. Judge Hayes set a new administrative court date for January 3rd.

A decision is expected then about the plea offer.

In a text message to WBTV news, District Attorney David Learner said if the deal is rejected, and the case does go to trial, the state will seek the death penalty against Odom if he is convicted.

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