Victim’s name released in Janesville homicide
JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Janesville Police Department has arrested a 32-year old Beloit man in a homicide reported early Sunday morning. It is the first homicide in Janesville since 2014.
Barquis Odom was arrested on the west side of Janesville around 9:15 p.m. Police conducted a high-risk traffic stop on Rockport Road, west of Afton Road.
Odom was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.
The Janesville Police Department said the homicide appears to have started as a verbal altercation outside of the 100 block of South Franklin Street between Odom and the victim. Odom shot the victim and fled the scene, police said.
The Rock County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 28-year-old Eddie Lee Jones, of Markham, Illinois. Preliminary results of a forensic autopsy confirm that Jones’s death was the result of homicidal firearm trauma. The medical examiner said additional testing is underway at this time.
Odom was arrested and is being held at the Rock County Jail pending his initial court appearance for first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of firearm by a felon.
In 2006, Odom was charged with a felony for failing to pay child support.
Just after midnight, Janesville police officers were called to the 100 block of South Franklin Street for a report of shots fired. The caller reported a man had been shot in the face and needed medical attention.
Upon arrival, officers found the victim inside, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance and was pronounced dead a short time later, the Janesville Police Department said.
According to Janesville police Chief David, the suspected shooter was heard yelling threats from outside of the home shortly before the shooting.
“A male was heard challenging another person to ‘Get out of the effin’ house! Lets settle this.’ Shortly after that, the shots were fired,” said Moore.
Police said the officers obtained a search warrant and collected evidence from both inside and outside the home.
According to Moore, the victim has a lengthy criminal history that includes assault and drug charges. He was on probation on drug charges at the time of the shooting. Police have not released a motive for the shooting, but suspect it could be domestic or drug related.
Neighbors said the suspect left skid marks while driving away from the scene. George Garrett, who knows the victim’s family, heard multiple shots before coming outside.Garrett said the victim’s girlfriend and child were in the house at the time of the shooting.
“We walked down there and it was chaos. People were screaming and hollering and talking about ‘My son is shot, oh my God,'” Garrett said. “It makes me feel angry and upset because they are a really nice family and are always smiling and talking. We are always looking out for each other,” he said.
Moore is asking the public to cooperate in the investigation. A number of witnesses were seen leaving the scene when police arrived.
“There are people out there that know the identity of this suspect and we need them to give us a call,” Moore said.
The Janesville Police Department reported the preliminary investigation suggests this was not a random act of violence and that the suspect and victim likely knew each other.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning and a press conference is scheduled to take place at noon, the Janesville Police Department said.
Statistics showed total violent crime in the city remained steady between 2015 and 2016.
— There were no criminal homicides in 2015 or 2016
— Forcible rapes increased from 14 in 2015 to 29 in 2016.
— Robberies were up from 25 in 2015 to 31 in 2016.
— Aggravated assault was down from 108 in 2015 to 86 in 2016.
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