Broward County

A walk-in confession closes a 14-year murder case

Joshua Odom allegedly confessed to the 2002 murder of Busey
Joshua Odom allegedly confessed to the 2002 murder of Busey

Joshua Odom got away with murder for 14 years until he reheated his own cold case.

Over 1,500 miles and 14 years separated Odom from the Wilton Manors condominium in which Fort Lauderdale firefighters found 69-year-old Richard Busey’s body in April, 2002. Wilton Manors Police investigated the homicide back then, but the case was colder than a January day in Des Moines, Iowa.

Which was where Odom, 38, walked into a police station and confessed to Busey’s murder in August. Odom is now in Broward Sheriff’s Office custody, charged Wednesday with first degree murder and theft.

Odom had been a drifter, according to BSO, when Busey brought him back to his home in the River Manor Condos for alcohol and sex. The next time anybody saw Busey, 45 years older than Odom, he was laying on the living room floor under a sheet.

Odom’s confession to Des Moines police Det. Brad Youngblut eventually reached Wilton Manors Det. David Turner. Turner’s check of the case file said Odom’s details to Youngblut aligned with the facts of the case. Odom was arrested in Des Moines on Aug. 25 and brought back to Broward on Wednesday.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal