The following is a press statement from the Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd. Warning: Story contains extremely graphic material. Please be advised. -Ed.
Prosecutors have added a sexual assault charge against a Platte City man previously charged with a May 2011 murder and a December 2011 assault. A new complaint filed June 19 alleges Quintin P. O’Dell, 23, sexually assaulted the victim of the December 2011 assault on the same day of the physical assault charged earlier.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said the new charge was filed as part of the ongoing investigation of O’Dell.
In February, prosecutors charged that O’Dell murdered Alyssa Shippert on May 31, 2011. Shippert’s body was found on the shoreline of the Platte River on June 1, 2011.
According to court documents filed earlier, authorities allege O’Dell struck Shippert in the back of the head with a hatchet. Shippert collapsed to the ground crying, and O’Dell allegedly got on his knees beside her and repeatedly struck her in the face with the hatchet until she was no longer crying or breathing. O’Dell then allegedly pulled Shippert’s body into the river.
Prosecutors had also charged O’Dell in February with the December 26, 2011 assault of a 21-year-old woman in Ferrelview. Prosecutors allege that O’Dell assaulted the woman by cutting open the woman’s abdomen.
Court documents filed at the time stated that the woman’s intestines fell out of her abdomen on the living room floor as a result of the assault.
The amended complaint adds an allegation that O’Dell had deviate sexual intercourse with that same woman without her consent on the same date of the assault. No new probable cause statement was filed in connection with the amended complaint, and Zahnd said he could not elaborate on the new charge.
The new charge of deviate sexual assault is a class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison. The previous charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors could also seek the death penalty against O’Dell. Zahnd said he was continuing to review the case to determine whether the State would seek the death penalty.
O’Dell is being held in the Platte County Jail in lieu of a $750,000 cash bond. His next court date is set for July 17.
The case is being investigated by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department, which has been assisted by the Platte City Police Department, the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Missouri Department of Conservation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, and Missouri Western University Police Academy. The prosecution team includes Zahnd, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Gibson, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Justin Kalwei, Myles Perry, and Chris Seufert.
The charges against O’Dell are merely accusations, and O’Dell is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.