Man accused in Maggie Daniels' death indicted on murder, sex assault

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man accused in the death of a popular Catawba County teacher has been indicted by a grand jury in her death.

Sharman Howard Odom was indicted Monday afternoon by a Catawba County Grand Jury in the death of Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Daniels on June 27.

Odom was indicted on charges of murder, first degree sex offense and kidnapping.

The 18 member Catawba County Grand Jury was presented with evidence by investigators from the Newton Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation.

Odom was arrested earlier this month, charged with murder.

Daniels' body was found inside her apartment five weeks ago, on June 28.

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."

Odom didn't answer any questions as police took him to jail, but he had a smile on his face the whole time. Odom lived near Daniels 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.

Odom is currently being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond.

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