Mental health patient booked on second-degree murder charge in April death

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 4:30pm
Staff reports
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Thaddeus Odom

A mental health patient faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 53-year-old James Hodge.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Thaddeus Odom, 60, at the end of July, charging him in Hodge’s death on April 19 while the two were patients at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Police allege that Hodge and Odom were involved in a fight that day and had to be separated by staff. Later, the two encountered each other in a dayroom where Odom allegedly attacked Hodge, who suffered severe head injuries and later died in surgery at Summit Medical Center.

Odom was booked at the Metropolitan Justice Center on Thursday. His bond was set at $250,000, and he will be transported back to the health institute and held there, according to police.