Arkansas Man Who Pulled Gun On WREG News Crew Appears In Court
(Osceola, Arkansas) The elderly abuse case started in Joiner, Arkansas.
But the Osceola Court House is where the trials are playing out, including that of a gun wielding suspect who pulled a weapon on a WREG News Crew.
Brandon Odom made a beeline from the Osceola courtroom Friday morning, running from a Channel 3 Camera.
But it’s what he did that was caught on camera in March that has him facing two Aggravated Assault charges.
Reporter April Thompson and Photographer Ben Short were in Joiner following up on an elderly abuse story.
Brandon Odom wanted the crew to leave.
He pushed the news camera, then ran to his truck and pulled out a gun.
“Very serious charge. It is a violent crime, Class D Felony carries 0 to 6 years in the Department of Corrections,” says District Attorney Prosecutor Catherine Dean.
Brandon Odom will be back in court September 17th.
Brandon’s sister Mary Odom is one of three people charged with abusing 77-year-old Wilton Goudeaux before his death.
The other is Goudeaux’s own son Wilton the third and the son’s girlfriend Tonya Patterson.
They are accused of beating the older man, leaving him malnourished, drugging him and taking his money.
Wilton the third and Tonya Patterson remain in jail.
They will also be in court September 17th.
Mary Odom, Mr. Goudeaux’s caretaker, has a December Court date, as does former Joiner Police Chief Robert Yerby.
Yerby was taken off the job after investigators say he failed to report Mr. Goudeaux was being abused and improperly notarized documents to turn over the elderly man’s money.
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