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12/09/02

Commissioner's Son Murdered

Police are looking for answers after the son of a Chatham County commissioner was murdered. Harris O'Dell III was killed Saturday night, just before midnight. Now police are trying to find out what the motive was behind this brutal murder.

When police arrived on the scene around a quarter to midnight, they found O'Dell, the 23-year-old son of Chatham County Commissioner Harris O'Dell, Jr., inside a gray Honda. He had been shot at least once, and the right-side back windows of the vehicle appeared to be shot out. O'Dell was rushed to Memorial Health where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

"Obviously his family is well known in the community," said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "And anyone that knows the activity of Harris O'Dell III, what he was doing last night, and any of the events that led up to last night's incident, they need to come forward, they need to step up and say this is what happened and this is what I know."

At this point, police are not releasing any information regarding a motive or suspects. The body is being sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. If you have any information about what happened, call Savannah police at 232.4141 or CrimeStoppers at 234.2020. You could be eligible for a reward, if your information helps police make an arrest.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

 

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