Updated: 7:24 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | Posted: 9:26 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Warrant: Boyfriend's mother found Maggie Daniels dead in apartment

By Dave Faherty


Several more search warrants have been unsealed in the Maggie Daniels’ homicide case.

The 26 pages released Friday don’t mention any suspects in the case, but do reveal what evidence police initially found inside Daniels’ apartment.  

The first warrant described how Daniels was found dead by her boyfriend's mother face down in her bedroom with broken full-length mirror nearby.  

The initial officer said the front door to the apartment was unlocked and Daniels was only partially clothed.  

Her body was cold to the touch, indicating she had been dead for some time. 

For a second day in a row, people in Newton are learning more about the investigation.

PHOTOS of Maggie Daniels

"To think what she went through in those few minutes or well not few minutes. It is hard to tell how long she suffered.  It's just like a bad dream," said resident Gail Carnefix.

According to the court documents, police seized Daniels' computer, cellphone and other electronic devices along with evidence from the crime scene.   

That included part of the drywall, carpet, even her trash from her apartment.  

All of the search warrants made public Friday focused on the days immediately following her death.  

It would be a month before they arrested a neighbor, Sharman Odom, for the murder.

Even with news of his arrest some who live in the area are still cautious.

"To think that I used to run by that set of apartments all the time and I have actually changed my route. Not really scared it would happen because I’ve ran that route for a year now, but it makes you a little nervous," said runner Johna Sweezy.

"It makes me a little scared. I'm looking move out on my own soon. I'm a little worried about it.  I don't want to live alone," said resident Stephanie Weikle.

A pretrial hearing for Odom is set for Sept. 8 where he will learn whether or not this will be a death penalty case.

IMAGES: Documents released Friday in Maggie Daniels' homicide case

Seized items from Maggie Daniels’ apartment:

  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • iPod
  • Pocketbook
  • Glasses
  • Beer can
  • Swabbings
  • Clothing
  • Towels
  • Alarm clock
  • Hairs
  • Round silver item
  • Tapings
  • Cigarette butt
  • Plastic lid
  • Comforter
  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Spray cleaner bottle
  • Cell phone
  • Fingerprints

Early Thursday, Eyewitness News obtained search warrants in the Maggie Daniels murder case that were unsealed by a judge and shed light on how she was killed.

SPECIAL SECTION: Maggie Daniels' Homicide Investigation

Meanwhile, Channel 9 discovered that the district attorney will be seeking the death penalty against Odom, the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing the popular 31-year-old Discovery High School counselor.

Investigators said Odom kidnapped and sexually assaulted Daniels before strangling her on June 27. Her body was discovered inside her home at the Windsor Apartments in Newton.

READ MORE about the search warrants that were released Thursday.

A grand jury indicted Odom on first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping in connection to the case on Aug. 18.

He is expected to appear in court Oct. 6.

After his first court appearance on Aug. 4, Odom's mother tried to knock the microphones out of the hands of a Channel 9 reporter and assaulted two photographers.



 June 28:  Maggie Daniels was found dead in her apartment.

July 7:  A funeral was held for Maggie Daniels.

July 8:  Surveillance photo of Maggie Daniels the day before she died was released.

July 16:  Person of interest who was mentioned in one of Daniels’ social media post was cleared.

July 26:  Search warrants were executed for Daniels’ apartment complex and cellphone records.

Aug. 2:  Sharman Odom was arrested in Winston-Salem in connection to Daniels’ homicide.

Aug. 4:  Odom’s mother attacks a Channel 9 reporter and photographer after her son’s court appearance.

Aug. 18: A grand jury indicted Odom on first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping.

Aug. 28: Unsealed search warrants reveal details of how Daniels was killed.

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