By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
SHENANGO VALLEY —
The last time he made headlines, Daniel L. Odem Jr. was showing his prowess on the gridiron as the multi-threat quarterback of the Farrell High School football team.
Odem, a 2010 Farrell grad, has been mentioned in stories in the last week in connection with a March 30 shooting outside a Hermitage apartment building.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Odem, accompanied by his father Daniel Odem Sr., arrived at District Judge Dennis M. Songer’s Sharon courtroom, to answer to numerous charges related to the shooting.
“You can see there’s a multitude of charges against you,” Songer told Odem, who is accused of being one of the gunmen that night. “There’s multiple felonies and misdemeanors,” Songer said.
Odem, 21, of 1126 Washington Ave., Apartment C, Farrell, is charged by Hermitage police with attempted criminal homicide, attempted first-degree murder, attempted third-degree murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit aggravated and simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Police allege Odem and Terran D. Page-Hughes, 24, of 360 Orange Drive, Hermitage, fought with and fired shots at Floyd Royal Jr. and Teddy “Chris” Greer at 3:24 a.m. March 30. Greer was hit in the upper right arm by a gunshot, police said.
The charges were also filed against Page-Hughes, and were bound to common pleas court during a hearing Tuesday in Farrell.
Odem had been sought by police for a week on a warrant for the charges. Hermitage Detective Joel Ristvey asked Songer for substantial bail because Odem evaded arrest for a week, despite attempts by police to contact him and news coverage of the situation that made it clear Odem was wanted by authorities.
The alleged crimes also involve two guns, neither of which has been recovered, Ristvey said.
Stanley Booker, Odem’s attorney, said Odem doesn’t have a prior record and isn’t a flight risk.
Songer set bail for Odem at $150,000.
Page-Hughes is being held on $250,000 bail set by District Judge Lorinda Hinch.