Why past charges against accused murderer were dropped

Attorney explains Odom's wrap sheet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In 2010 and again in 2012, Sharman Odom faced charges eerily similar to what he is facing now with the murder of Maggie Daniels, but in both cases the charges were dismissed.

Odom was a neighbor of Daniels and lived just a few steps from her apartment in Newton where her body was found June 28.

Investigators say she had been strangled.

In the 2012 case against Odom, he was charged with the attempted strangulation and rape of a woman in Charlotte.

The District Attorney's Office later dismissed the charges, saying the woman was a prostitute and had not admitted to them that she had had sex for money in the past with Odom.

Criminal defense attorney Melissa Owen, who is not involved in the Daniels case, reviewed the file on the 2012 case at NBC Charlotte's request.

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Owen said in her opinion, prosecutors were right to drop the charges.

"The complaining witness (victim) didn't come forward with all the information, all the truthful information," she said.

After the charges were dropped, Odom moved to Newton.

It is easy to follow his tracks on social media.

On one of his Twitter accounts, it shows he started following Maggie Daniels a month before her murder.

"It is always upsetting when somebody had charges similar to the offense that were previously dismissed," Owen said.

But she cautioned, rules have to be followed.

"You can not prove a case on gut instinct. You can't prove a case on, 'I think he did bad things before.' You can't make those cases," she said.


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