Bethel homicide suspect’s New Milford case continued
TORRINGTON — The plea hearing of a man accused of threatening two New Milford men with a gun after allegedly killing his own brother in Bethel last month was continued Tuesday to Jan. 15.
Matthew O’Dell, of Bethel, is expected back in state Superior Court in Torrington that day to plea on three felony and three misdemeanor charges stemming from 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.
The mother found her older son’s body when she returned home the evening of Nov. 11, according to police.
She initially thought he had taken his own life, but Bethel police said they quickly determined he was the victim of a homicide — and that a handgun was missing from the home.
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 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 — the first three of which are felonies.
He 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 Dec. 20.
It remains unclear what police know about the moments leading up to the Bethel slaying, as court papers containing details of the crime are still sealed while authorities conduct their investigation.
He is being represented by public defenders in both his Bethel and New Milford cases.