While fishing, O'Dell somehow lost his footing in the water and went downstream. O'Dell told investigators,when he reemerged where Shippert was, she was hysterical, thinking he had drowned.
O'Dell told detectives he and Shippert got into a physical altercation that ended with him hitting her in the back of the head with a hatchet. He allegedly continues striking her with the hatchet until she stopped crying and breathing.
O'Dell and Shippert both worked at the Casey's General Store in Platte City.
O'Dell also faces felony assault charges connected to the assault of Brittany Costello. According to the probable cause statement, O'Dell was visiting Costello's apartment on Christmas day when he became upset because she was talking and arguing with another man on the phone.