Murder suspect’s mother charged with attacking reporter, photographers outside NC court

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The mother of a man accused of killing a beloved North Carolina teacher faces charges after she allegedly attacked a news crew.

WSOC-TV reported that Darlene Odom faces three misdemeanor assault charges and has a court date set for Sept. 10.

Darlene Odom

Darlene Odom

Darlene Odom and her family stormed out of a courthouse Monday, seconds after a judge said her son could face life in prison or even the death penalty if convicted.

The mother was approached by WSOC-TV reporter Sarah Rosario and her photographer. She is accused of trying to knock the microphone out of the reporter’s hands and assaulting two photographers.

She shoved one photographer’s camera and then another, reportedly leaving a cut under one of the photographer’s eyes.

The incident was caught on video. The attack also reportedly involved a WBTV photographer.

Sharman Odom, 34, is facing murder charges in the death of 31-year-old Newton teacher and school counselor Maggie Daniels. His first court appearance was Monday.

Daniels was found dead inside her apartment on June 28. Police said she died from strangulation.

Police said they identified Odom as a suspect because of a selfie on his camera and a clump of missing hair.

Police said Monday that Odom and Daniels lived in the same apartment complex, but there was no evidence they knew each other.

24 comments

    • NCMale

      Yeah Ken, like you’re not lol. Let me see….after 9/11 I suppose you didn’t even think twice when seeing someone of middle eastern descent walking around…..and I suppose when you hear about a gang shootout you never make the assumption that they’re probably black or Hispanic. Get over yourself…

      • Ken

        Actually you need to get over yourself NCMALE. Let re-post this one last time. Let me rephrase my last post.
        You sure are an insecure one. You want everyone to buy into your pitiful fear tactics. You should get over yourself idiot. Oh, and no I did not think twice about being around someone of Middle Eastern dissent you fool. Why? Because I associate with more than just caucasian people and know that history has shown us that if you want to point the finger at a group of people because they kill based on some misplaced ideology, then you have to point the finger at just about every society since the beginning of time. Let me guess. You don’t think white people haven’t done some atrocious acts over the history of civilized man? I’m sure the ancestors of African American slaves and Native Americans would love to share their thoughts with you. That is just for starters. We can look throughout history and see that man is a destructive animal, regardless of race or ideology so pull your head out of your posterior and get over the fact that not everyone sees things the way short sighted people like yourself do. You have just been thoroughly debunked.

    • NCMale

      I think most already knew…after how he presented himself with that in your face, F*** Y** grin , that he most likely came from a family of trash. The mom assaulting the cameraman only proves it outright.

      • Ken

        @Lookie–If you are not going to try to comprehend the context of the conversation, then please step away while the adults discuss the matter. It was a response to NCMALE’s constant fear mongering BS.

  • Ken

    Let me rephrase my last post.
    @NCMALE-You sure are an insecure one. You want everyone to buy into your pitiful fear tactics. You should get over yourself idiot. Oh, and no I did not think twice about being around someone of Middle Eastern dissent you fool. Why? Because I associate with more than just caucasian people and know that history has shown us that if you want to point the finger at a group of people because they kill based on some misplaced ideology, then you have to point the finger at just about every society since the beginning of time. Let me guess. You don’t think white people haven’t done some atrocious acts over the history of civilized man? I’m sure the ancestors of African American slaves and Native Americans would love to share their thoughts with you. That is just for starters. We can look throughout history and see that man is a destructive animal, regardless of race or ideology so pull your head out of your posterior and get over the fact that not everyone sees things the way short sighted people like yourself do. You have just been thoroughly debunked.

    • Stephen

      Let me phrase this post. I am of Native American decent, and I DO NOT approve of you representing what I might think.

      • Ken

        Then let me rephrase that. I’m sure SOME OF THE the ancestors of African American slaves and Native Americans would love to share their thoughts with you. BTW, I am of Cherokee and Seminole decent (one side of the family anyway) and I stand by the rest of my statement. Further approval is not needed.

  • greatclits

    remember “the apple does not fall far from the tree’ so this filth and her murderer child should be thrown from a cliff, as both animals have a hate toward laws or respect

  • WeBuiltThisCountry

    Of all the residents that stay in that neighborhood, they went and checked that ni$$@ house.I’m not saying he didn’t do it until the facts come out,but they indicted this dude and the only evidence is a selfie and loose deadlock. D@MNNN

  • No Hope For Change

    ..and they say her son has a history of violent crimes, NOOOOOO..waaaayy!!. Maybe those NC Democrats were right with their eugenics program all those years too be she wasn’t on the list. I know this guy is innocent until proven guilty but that smart mug is not helping him. I’m only being charged with first degree murder and its funny too me.

  • Dori

    She is not a public figure and should not have been harassed by photographers and reporters. Her reaction is understandable. She should not have been arrested.

    • Imgameover

      The media has the right to question her in public. Hopefully she’ll get what she deserves too, prison time!

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