FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Authorities say an Iowa man has confessed to a 14-year-old South Florida slaying and is now charged with murder.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Joshua Odom confessed to the 2002 crime last month to police in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was living.
A Des Moines police spokesman says Odom waived extradition and was returned to Florida face charges in the killing of 70-year-old Richard Busey of Wilton Manors.
Investigators say Odom agreed to go to Busey’s apartment for drinks and sex in April 2002 but instead killed Busey for drug money.
Des Moines police said in a news release that Odom approached a sheriff’s deputy at the building that houses the sheriff’s department on Aug. 11 and said he wanted to confess to killing someone. The deputy contacted the police department and a detective interviewed Odom. Des Moines police then contacted Florida investigators who said the details Odom provided matched the Busey slaying.
Odom was arrested in Iowa on Aug. 25 and brought to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. Odom is charged with first-degree murder and theft. Court records don’t list an attorney. Odom had no criminal charges pending in Iowa.