Man Dies After Meth-Fueled Hammer Attack

Posted: 6th August 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs man has died after police said he was clubbed with a hammer in May by a nephew who had been using methamphetamine.

 The victim, 53-year-old Terry O’Dell, died Monday, and authorities have determined his death was caused by injuries suffered in the attack, Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said Wednesday. An autopsy revealed that O’Dell’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma, she added.

 Police said the victim was attacked by his 30-year-old nephew, Dennis O’Dell, during a drug deal gone bad.

Dennis O’Dell later told police that he had used meth twice that day before the attack, according to an arrest affidavit cited by KRDO-TV. Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that can cause paranoia and violent outbursts in drug abusers, according to addiction and law enforcement websites.

 Dennis O’Dell had paid his uncle $120 for some meth, and a friend of the uncle came to deliver the drugs to the O’Dells’ home on Agate Road, the affidavit said.

 Yet, when the uncle’s friend tried to bring the drugs inside the house, Dennis O’Dell locked the door to keep him out, the affidavit said.

 The Dennis O’Dell said he “had a bad vibe” about the visitor, and that he was afraid the man would hurt him, the affidavit said.

 Dennis O’Dell was so fearful said he was going to call the police, but Terry O’Dell wrestled the phone away from his nephew, the affidavit said.

 When Terry O’Dell went to let his friend in, his nephew attacked him with a hammer, hitting the uncle twice in the head, once when he was on the floor, according to the affidavit.

 Police said Dennis O’Dell told them he “hit him real good,” when the uncle was on the floor.

 Police asked Dennis O’Dell why he attacked his uncle, and he said that he was afraid for his life and that he once had a dream that his uncle was going to kill him with a knife, the affidavit said.

 Dennis O’Dell was arrestedand initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, Miller said. He remains the El Paso County Jail.

 The District Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine if homicide charges will be filed.



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