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Newton, NC - The Catawba County District Attorney will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing a Newton school counselor.

District Attorney Jay Gaither filed a motion for a Rule 24 hearing. The motion states, “the State submits there is evidence to support the existence of one or more aggravating circumstances… The state is seeking the death penalty in the event that the defendant is convicted of first degree murder.”

Sharman “Crisspy” Howard Odom is charged with first degree murder, first degree sexual offense and first degree kidnapping in the death of Maggie Daniels.

His attorney is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. for the Rule 24 hearing.

Daniels, a well-liked school counselor in Newton, was found dead in her apartment the morning of June 28.

Three warrants unsealed by the court, Thursday, reveal new details about Daniels' death and what investigators seized from Odom's apartment.

According to the documents, Daniels' died after a struggle in her apartment bedroom. She was sexually assaulted and had ligature marks on her body. Curly hairs belonging to a male were found inside the apartment and furniture was in disarray. Authorities say there were not signs of forced entry into her apartment.

Authorities searched Odom's apartment for cell phones, computers, portable media storage that could help them in their case.

Documents say that neighbors told investigators they witnessed Odom near Daniels' apartment on the day she died. One witness said she and her children had been outside when they witnessed him. They noted that Odom was not sweating, despite the warm 87 degree day.

One of Odom's neighbors told police that he regularly talked about Daniels and said that she “was attractive and made a statement about wanting to ‘get with' (her).” Others described him and his actions as “creepy” and said that he made them uncomfortable.

Odom was also charged with second degree rape, assault by strangulation and common law robbery in August of 2012. That case was later dropped because of circumstances related to the victim.

When interviewed by investigators, Odom said there “shouldn't be” DNA of his in Daniels apartment. He also did not mention his prior charges and refused to be swabbed fro DNA.

Odom is scheduled to appear in court in early October.

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