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Suspect in two brutal crimes to appear in Platte County court

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The suspect in two brutal crimes in Platte County will make his first court appearance Monday.

Quintin Phillip O'Dell, 22, of Platte City, sits behind bars; accused of viciously attacking two Platte County women, one whose death remained unsolved until now.

O'Dell was honored by the Missouri legislature in 2008 for being an Eagle Scout and active in community service, and was also recognized by Platte County commissioners in 2007 for his work with the Scouts on a memorial to veterans.

However on Saturday morning, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, surrounded by law enforcement and the families of the women, announced charges against O'Dell in connection with the May murder of a woman and last month's near fatal assault on another woman.

"He voluntarily appeared at the sheriff's department for an interview and near the conclusion of his initial interview, he was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Jan. 6," Zahnd said.

KCTV5 warns readers that some of the details in O'Dell's accounts to police are graphic.

Zahnd said in the news conference Saturday O'Dell has been charged in the May slaying of Alissa Shippert and the attempted murder of a Platte County woman Dec. 26. Zahnd said he is charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole and/or the death penalty, and armed criminal action in the murder of Shippert. In the attack of a Platte County woman, Zahnd said O'Dell is charged with first-degree felony assault and armed criminal action.

O'Dell was picked up by police early Friday morning.

Shippert's body was found on a boat ramp at the Platte Falls Conservation Area. She was 22 years old and her murder had been unsolved until now.

Friends said Shippert enjoyed nature and being outdoors. They had warned her about the dangers of going to the Platte Falls Conservation Area alone. Click here to read the story.

When questioned, O'Dell told police he and Shippert were co-workers at a Platte City Casey's General Store off U.S. Highway 92. He said he was walking in the Platte Falls Conservation Area when he happened upon an old hatchet. He said he was carrying it when he saw Shippert, who was in the area fishing. O'Dell told police he waded into the stream after the two had talked for a bit but he lost his balance and fell in. He was able to get back to shore after being taken down stream. When O'Dell got back to the area where he had been talking to Shippert, he found Shippert frantically searching for him and she then got very angry at him for scaring her.

O'Dell explained to police that he tried to calm Shippert down but, during their struggle, they both reached for the hatchet. He got to it first and struck her with it, causing her to fall to the ground. O'Dell said she was in pain so he decided to end her misery and struck her with the hatchet repeatedly.

Afterwards, O'Dell said he was so distraught he decided to end his life by drowning. During the process, he again lost his footing and fell into the water. While trying to pull himself out, O'Dell said he accidentally grabbed Shippert's foot, pulling her into the stream.

O'Dell told police he then went home and went to bed.

The 21-year-old victim was brutally stabbed inside her Ferrelview apartment Dec. 26. She was stabbed in the stomach multiple times.

When interviewed by police the victim's boyfriend said he had been on the phone with her that night and that she had said O'Dell was with her. The boyfriend told police he had even spoken to O'Dell on his girlfriend's phone.

The victim told police O'Dell had come over with beer and tequila and the two had been drinking and listening to music. She said she had passed out and, when she awoke, O'Dell was gone and she thought she was having extreme menstrual cramps. She went into the bathroom where she saw she had been cut repeatedly.

O'Dell told police he had opened the victim up with a razorblade because he had become so enraged during a heated argument the victim was having on the phone with her boyfriend. He said, when the victim's intestines began to fall out, he went home and woke up the next morning to dried blood on his clothes, which he then threw out.

"These are horrific injuries. She is very fortunate to be alive," Zahnd said.

Court documents said the victim managed to knock on a neighbor's door for help, but her injuries left her unconscious for several days after the attack.

"We are hopeful that she will recover. As you heard from the probable cause statement, she was disemboweled, and is very, very fortunate to be alive," said Zahnd.

The prosecutor said the task of taking O'Dell to trial will be slow.

"It's not uncommon for cases like this to take several years before they get to trial. It is a long and arduous process," he said.

Click here to read that story.

For information on Shippert's slaying, click here and here.

The families of the victims were at Saturday's news conference, but did not speak to the media.

O'Dell is being held on a $750,000 cash only bond. Zahnd did not say if he will pursue the death penalty.

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