Sex Assault Charge Added in Brutal Assault Case

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors have added a sexual assault charge against a Platte City man already charged with the May, 2011, murder of a Northland woman and the gruesome December, 2011, assault on a Missouri woman.

Quintin P. O’Dell, 23, was already charged with first-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the May 31, 2011, of Alyssa Shippert, whose body was found the next day on the shoreline of the Platte River.

O’Dell is now charged with deviate sexual assault in connection to a December 26, 2011 attack on an unidentified 21-year-old woman in Ferrelview, Missouri.

Prosecutors allege that O’Dell assaulted the unidentified woman by cutting open her abdomen. Court documents filed at the time stated that the woman’s intestines fell out of her abdomen on the living room floor as a result of the assault.

In the Alyssa Shippert case, O’Dell is also alleged to have struck Shippert in the back of the head with a hatchet, causing the woman to collapse to the ground crying. O’Dell then allegedly got on his knees beside her and repeatedly struck her in the face with the hatchet until she was no longer crying or breathing. O’Dell then allegedly pulled Shippert’s body into the river.

According to court documents, O’Dell was a coworker of Shippert.

Platte County prosecutors say that they are still considering seeking the death penalty in O’Dell’s case.

O’Dell is being held in the Platte County Jail in lieu of a $750,000 cash bond.  His next court date is set for July 17.

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