Bethel murder suspect’s New Milford case to resume in April
TORRINGTON — The case of a Bethel man accused of threatening two New Milford men with a gun after allegedly killing his own brother three months ago was continued Wednesday to April 7.
Matthew O’Dell, of Bethel, was charged with first-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit, disorderly conduct, illegally carrying a firearm while under the influence and attempt to commit second-degree larceny following a Nov. 11 incident in New Milford.
The 40-year-old is also facing a murder charge out of Bethel, where police say he fatally shot his 42-year-old brother, Richard O’Dell, in the head at the home they shared with their mother on Apollo Road.
Hours before the body was discovered, O’Dell was arrested in New Milford after police say he threatened the two men with the gun and tried to steal a truck belonging to one of them in a Railroad Street parking lot.
The New Milford men — both in their 60s — fought and subdued O’Dell, who was armed with a small black handgun, according to police.
The owner of the truck O’Dell allegedly tried to steal said he believes the weapon jammed — “otherwise I wouldn’t be talking with you today,” the 65-year-old told The News-Times.
O’Dell was arrested by Bethel police two days after his arrest in New Milford and charged with murder. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is scheduled back in state Superior Court in Danbury for the charge on March 24.