Police arrest 3 for murder of local soldier on 4th of July
"You couldn't ask for no better friend and no better person."
Police said Tyler Womack went to his neighbor's house that afternoon to help repair a car. When he got there, he saw three people stealing guns and electronics from the residence.
"Tyler was in no way involved in the burglary," said Sheriff Joe Guy. "Just a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Guy said there were no witnesses to the crime, but some trace evidence at the scene led investigators to Odum, Thompson and Britnell. They were arrested Thursday morning at a home in the 700 block of County Rd. 220 in Athens. According to Guy, all three suspects have criminal histories.
Investigators believe Odum, who was already on probation in Georgia for robbery and aggravated assault, is the one who pulled the trigger.
"We believe Odum shot Tyler Womack out of fear of being identified, and then all three left the scene," Guy said.
"I want them to stay in prison the rest of their lives," Womack said.
"I hope they get what they deserve," said Wilson. "Because [Tyler] didn't deserve to be killed."
All three suspects are being held in the McMinn County Jail without bond. According to Guy, more charges could be forthcoming.
Odum, Thompson, and Britnell are scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning on the following charges:
Thomas Odum: first degree murder, first degree felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary, burglary, theft over $1,000, & possession of a weapon by a convicted felon
Amanda Britnell: first degree murder, first degree felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary, burglary, theft over $1,000
Martha Thompson: first degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, burglary, theft over $1,000