Man wanted for murder spotted in Missouri


Mattoon - The man wanted for murder in Mattoon has been spotted in Write County Missouri.


According to a report on the Write County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, 41 year old Thomas O'Dell was spotted last night, after ditching a stolen vehicle at a Mansfield Casey's, where he stole another car.


Police say he is to be considered to be armed and dangerous and to approach him with caution. O'Dell is allegedly responsible for the shooting death of 33 year old Benjamin Newton.


On March 18, 2013 a bartender killed in Mattoon suffered a single gun shot wound to the head, according to the Coles County coroner.


Mattoon Police were called to a bar called "Toasters" at 1408 Broadway Avenue on Monday evening around 7:37pm.  When they arrived they found the Benjamin Newton.  Paramedics worked on the man until it was determined he had died. Police determined cash was taken from the tavern and are calling the case a "robbery - homicide."


Police announced an arrest warrant against Thomas Ray O'Dell, after intense investigation by the Mattoon Police Department with the assistance of the State's Attorneys Office, along with other organizations.


Police were able to connect O'Dell to the murder by releasing a photo from the bar surveillance video. Police tell us a reader of Mattoon's local paper recognized O'Dell as the man in the photo. We also found O'Dell has a criminal history in Moultrie County. He pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and previously escaped from behind bars.

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