Bethel man pleads not guilty to killing his brother
DANBURY — The Bethel man charged in the killing his older brother last week has pleaded not guilty.
Matthew O’Dell, 40, is facing a murder charge after police say he fatally shot his 42-year-old brother, Richard O’Dell, on Nov. 11 inside the Apollo Road home they shared with their mother.
Bethel police said the men’s mother returned home that evening and found her son’s body. She initially thought he had taken his own life, police said.
Police were called to the house around 6:30 p.m. and stayed overnight, neighbors said. A Connecticut State Police van was parked outside the home and investigators were seen leaving the house with bags of evidence the next morning.
The victim “had been shot several times and had post-mortem artifacts indicating that he had been dead for several hours,” police said.
O’Dell was arrested by Bethel police two days later at state Superior Court in Danbury after being taken there by New Milford police after an incident in New Milford that occurred the same night as the Bethel homicide.
New Milford police said O’Dell tried to steal a car on Railroad Street the night of Nov. 11, and brandished a handgun when the car owners confronted him.
The unarmed owners managed to disarm O’Dell while they were on the phone with police and held him until authorities arrived.
New Milford police charged O’Dell with first-degree threatening, disorderly conduct, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal carry of a firearm while under the influence and attempt to commit second-degree larceny.
A handgun was taken from the Apollo Road home, said Bethel Police Capt. Stephen Pugner.
The gun was later recovered by New Milford police when they took O’Dell into custody, and its ammunition was “consistent with shell casings” recovered by state police in Bethel, Pugner said.
O’Dell has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Friday at state Superior Court in Danbury on the murder charge and is scheduled to appear Dec. 3, in state Superior Court in Torrington for the charges out of New Milford.
He is being represented by public defenders in each case.