THIS PAGE | E-MAIL THIS PAGE
Saturday, November 1, 1997
Juvenile suspect in murder case declared delinquent
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A 15-year-old suspect accused of
helping rob and stab two women to death was declared delinquent
of capital murder Thursday, the equivalent of being found guilty
in the adult system.
Eddie Washington of Fort Worth was sent to the Texas Youth
Commission for an indeterminate period after a hearing before
state District Judge Jean Hudson Boyd.
Prosecutor Jetta Keene said during the hearing that there was
not enough evidence to certify Washington to stand trial as an
adult. Washington participated in robbing the women, but did not
help torture them on Oct. 15, Ms. Keene said.
Preliminary autopsy results showed that Norma Odom, 21, died
of multiple blunt and sharp force injuries, including stab wounds
and a fractured skull, with ligature strangulation. Her roommate
and sister-in-law, 23-year-old Alma Solis, died of multiple stab
wounds in the back, the autopsy report indicated.
Police say they were killed during a rampage led by Mrs. Odom's
brother-in-law and including two other men and Washington.
The men talked their way into the apartment the women shared,
where the victims were tortured, Mrs. Odom was raped and both
women were stabbed, police say. The apartment was then set on
fire, and the 4-year-old son of Ms. Solis escaped with extensive
burns on his chest and hands.
Charged in the case were James Odom, 24, the brother of Mrs.
Odom's husband; David Grismore, 21; and Waylon Harris, 18, all
of Fort Worth.
Details of the attack were read at Washington's hearing Thursday.
In a statement James Odom gave to the police shortly after
his arrest, he described his words to Mrs. Odom as she lay bleeding
from multiple stab wounds.
"I told her I didn't want her money; I wanted her life
because I hated her with all my heart," Odom is quoted as
saying to police. "I commenced to punching her and stabbing
her and left her on the floor."
Send a Letter to the Editor about This
Story | Start or Join A Discussion about This Story
Send the URL (Address) of This Story
to A Friend:
Abilene Reporter-News / Texnews / E.W. Scripps Publications
the URL (Address) of This Story to A Friend: