CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — A grand jury has indicted the man accused of murdering beloved North Carolina teacher Maggie Daniels, who was found dead in her apartment in June.
WSOC-TV reported that 34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom has been indicted on first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping in the Maggie Daniels case.
The District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment on Monday.
The 18-member Catawba County grand jury was presented the evidence by investigators from the Newton Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Daniels was found dead inside her apartment on June 27. Newton police said the 31-year-old was strangled.
A search warrant revealed that there was a struggle between Odom and Daniels that day in her apartment.
Police searched data in Odom’s phone and found that he had taken a “selfie” photo, in which his face was badly scratched.
Investigators said there is no evidence that the suspect and victim knew each other, but they did live in the same apartment complex.
Friends described Daniels as a fun-loving, energetic young woman who was an exceptional athlete and was loved by everybody she knew.
Daniels was originally from Lakewood, Ohio and graduated from Notre Dame College. She moved to Newton, North Carolina, and worked as a high school teacher and counselor.
Odom is jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He is expected to appear in court Oct. 6.