Grand jury indicts Milton man in “looking for love online” murder case

Posted on August 24, 2020 by Staff reports

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, announces that today, August 24, 2020, Jerry Odum, 61, was indicted by a Santa Rosa County Grand Jury for First Degree Premeditated Murder.

The charge arose from the August 6, 2020 murder of Vickie May Edge. Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office located Vickie’s body inside Odum’s residence on August 7, 2020. The evidence indicated that on the morning of August 6, 2020, Vickie Edge had been struck in the head multiple times with a bat and then choked resulting in her death.

The charge carries the maximum penalty of either the death penalty or life in state prison without the possibility of parole. The Office of the State Attorney will conduct a death penalty review within the next thirty days.

The investigation was conducted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Mark Alderman is responsible for the prosecution. Any questions may be directed to Mr. Alderman at (850) 981-5500.