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Man accused of hiding gun used in Janesville shooting

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Frank Schultz
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

JANESVILLE--A Janesville man suspected of helping hide a handgun used in a recent shooting was charged with two felonies in Rock County Court on Wednesday.

Cody J. Odom, 21, of 740 Milton Ave., was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Odom passed a bag containing the gun to a woman he knows, asking her to put it in a storage facility, according to the complaint.

Police later recovered the .22-caliber gun at the storage facility.

Investigators believe the gun was used in a shooting in which a car was hit four times near the intersection of Center Avenue and Johnson Street on June 5.

Sundiata M. Roach, 21, is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety in the shooting. Roach is suspected of shooting four times at a Subaru driven by a 23-year-old Janesville man. No one was injured.

Roach, who has said he is homeless, had lived at 167 Linn St. with Odom and a woman, according to the criminal complaint.

Police executed a search warrant at the residence and found a small amount of marijuana, according to the complaint. Shortly after the search, they received an anonymous tip that Odom had the gun that Roach had fired, according to the complaint.

The tipster told police the woman who lived at the residence would be involved in moving the gun to her storage locker at 4707 Drott Drive on the far east side, according to the complaint.

Police watched the storage unit, and when the woman's car pulled up, they told her they believed there was something in her storage locker they needed, and she replied that “the gun” was in it, according to the complaint.

The woman said Odom had asked her to meet him at a house on Milton Avenue because he had some items to put in her storage locker, according to the complaint.

Odom gave her a duffel bag, and she said she did not look inside, but she could feel a gun in it, according to the complaint.

Odom later gave her other items to put in the locker: one full box and one partial box of .22 caliber ammunition and a Honey Nut Cheerio box that she believed, from the smell, contained marijuana, she said, according to the complaint.

Police said it was marijuana, weighing about 2.5 ounces. They said they also found a bong and a digital scales.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer imposed a $1,000 cash bond, ordered that Odom have no contact with two witnesses and set a preliminary hearing for Friday, June 23.



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