Rock Hill • South Carolina
SATURDAY December 29, 2007
A Rock Hill teen has been charged with murder in the Christmas Eve shooting death of Clarence "Boo" Odom, the Rock Hill Police Department announced Friday.
Jesse James Mitchell, 18, of 215 Baker St. was arrested Friday and charged with the killing, according to a news release. A second man, Kevin Chisolm, 33, of 322-A W. Main St., has been charged with obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine in connection with the case, the release states.
Investigators were tight-lipped Friday afternoon with more details.
"That's all we can really say right now," said Rock Hill Police Lt. Larry Vaughan. "There's more developing and we're still talking to more people."
Police: Odom ran after being shot
Odom, 39, of 2232 Highwood Road was found lying in the road in front of 114 W. Main St. near downtown with multiple gunshot wounds around 10 p.m. Monday, according to police reports. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he died from the wounds, officials said.
Vaughan said police believe Odom was shot in Chisolm's front yard at 322-A W. Main St. and ran down the street before collapsing. Police questioned Chisolm from the beginning of the investigation and were eventually led to Mitchell, Vaughan said.
"He developed as a suspect through the course of our investigation," he said. Vaughan declined to comment on the circumstances of the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.
Drug connections possible
While drug-related charges were filed against Chisolm, Vaughan said the possibility of illegal drugs as a motive for the killing is still under investigation.
Mitchell does not have a prior arrest record, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. Chisolm's criminal record includes a 1994 conviction for receiving stolen goods, a 1997 conviction for driving under the influence and a 2006 charge for carrying a concealed weapon in a restricted area, according to SLED records.
Vaughan said police are still investigating the shooting and did not rule out future arrests related to the case.
Family members 'wonder why'
Odom's family said the Rock Hill native had an adult son, worked in the lawn care business and will be remembered for his big heart.
"I just wonder why," Odom's sister Tonja Biggers told The Herald Christmas Day. "Why would somebody want to do something like that?"
Odom's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Weeping Mary Baptist Church.