Dennis O'Dell charged with uncle's meth-fueled hammer murder two months after attack

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Dennis O'Dell was first taken into custody circa early May in relation to a hammer attack on his uncle -- one allegedly fueled by a bad dream and their mutual interest in meth.

Now, however, he's been charged with murder, after his horribly injured relative died.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers responded to 3640 Agate Drive a little before 4 p.m. on May 10 following a report of a burglary in progress. The person who put in the call -- subsequently revealed to be Dennis O'Dell -- said someone was in the act of breaking a window at the back of the residence.

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3640 Agate Drive.
When officers arrived, they found Terry O'Dell suffering serious head wounds, apparently after being hit with a finishing hammer. But he was inside the house, not the person who'd been trying to gain entry.

What happened? A few days after the assault, the Colorado Springs Gazette obtained a bizarre arrest affidavit. The document maintains that Dennis had given Mark Pane, a friend of Terry's, $120 to buy meth in Pueblo for him and his uncle. But when Pane returned and knocked on the door, Dennis, who's said to have admitted using meth earlier in the day, apparently flipped out based on what he later described to officers as Pane's "bad vibe."

After locking Pane out of the house, Dennis dialed 911, but the call was interrupted, apparently by Terry, who grabbed the phone from his nephew and tried to unlock the back door.

Dennis's reaction? He's accused of hitting Terry in the head with the hammer, then striking him with it twice more after he'd fallen to the floor. Dennis is quoted in the affidavit as explaining to officers he'd done so due in part to "a dream that his uncle was going to kill him with a knife."

At that point, Dennis reportedly called 911 again and told the operator that he'd just killed Terry with a hammer -- which turned out to be accurate, but not for a while. Terry clung to life for more than two months before finally passing away on July 23.

His death -- the fourteenth homicide in Colorado Springs this year -- will undoubtedly result in an upgrade of the original attempted first-degree murder charge against Dennis, whose nightmare has turned into a worse one. Here's a larger look at his booking photo.

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Dennis O'Dell.

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mertes012
mertes012

Does Meth make people crazy, or do crazy people who do crazy shit use meth. I vote for the latter.

fdhuy
fdhuy

Meth will destroy the world, its the most evil drug out there. Anyone claiming different is either lying or high on meth. I`ve been in rooms with meth heads and its just unbelivebal how fast their mood change over nothing, one minute they are as nice as nice can be and suddenly they change, a sound or a car or a bad vibe makes them turn on you, scary as hell. Hot tip: there is only one way to stop a meth head, normal people you punch in the face but that does not work at all with these creatures. You have to punch them hard in the gut, knock the wind out of them, only then will they go down, you can hit them 40 times in the head and nothing happens.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Just Legalize It ! ***

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @mertes012 That's one of those eternal questions, mertes012. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @fdhuy A memorable post, fdhuy. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day, along with the response from _Joe_. Thanks for weighing in.

mertes012
mertes012

 @fdhuy

 Alcohol is worse. It destroys more lives every year than meth does.

mertes012
mertes012

 @fdhuy

 Don't knock meth too badly, it won us World War 2

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @fdhuy I actually think that when the 'zombie apocalypse' comes, it's just going to be an army of tweaking meth heads.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay Oh?  Do you think that the facts related in this story support the complete legalization without regulation of methamphetamine on their face?  You make no case for the legalization of methamphetamine and most readers will take your comment as facetious.

 

Anyone who wants to buy genuinely dangerous drugs such a tobacco should have to execute an affidavit acknowledging having been apprised of the dangers and of society's concerns about its use.  The use of drugs such as methamphetamine which cause behavioral problems should be legally cognizable when substantive charges such as child neglect or abuse are lodged against users   The cost of tobacco and other drugs of abuse should reflect the cost of regulating them and the additional cost of medical care of users.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @_Joe_ Joe, we're going to include your post as part of an upcoming Comment of the Day, too. Appreciate you weighing in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase 

 

Have you abandoned your Libertarian dogma in favor of Big Government control of what a "free citizen" does or doesn't put into their own bodies?

 

Are you drifting conservative in your old age?

.

 

 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

I just finished writing that people should be allowed to buy tobacco, and that it kills ~435,000 Americans every year.  Try to figure out the answer to your silly rhetorical question on your own!

 

Describe your own political outlook; since you are opposed to all regulation, I infer that you must identify as an anarchist.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase 

 

So in your Socialist world-view, people do no have any right to harm themselves if they so desire?

 

Government Regulation = No Freedom

 

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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay I am a socialist, not a libertarian or a Libertarian.  People should be able to control what they put into their body and there should be a legal market in all drugs -- a regulated one!  The degree of intrusiveness of regulation should be proportionate to demonstrable social harm -- the statistics indicating that ~435,000 deaths annually in the US are caused by the use of tobacco is an example of demonstrated social harm which justifies the regulation of tobacco and the criminalization of its transfer to minors.

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