FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield mother faces a near certain punishment of spending life in prison without possibility of parole after a jury found her guilty Friday of torture and murder charges.
Ryan S. Odom, 43, began crying as soon as the jury’s verdicts against her were announced by Judge Wendy Getty.
During a monthlong trial, jurors learned about the May 13, 2011, beating and killing of 20-year-old Keith E. Osby Jr. Odom suspected Osby of stealing a computer and a Sony PlayStation from her San Andreas Street home, where she lived with her children and several friends. Some of those friends also face torture and murder charges for their alleged role in Odom’s scheme of revenge.
Odom had Osby show up at her home in the afternoon, where she invited him in and then confronted him about the theft. Within minutes, Odom and several others were hitting and kicking Osby. One of the attackers used an aluminum baseball bat on Osby and, after they were done pummeling him, some of them used duct tape to blindfold, gag and hogtie him. Two of the attackers then loaded Osby into a borrowed taxi cab and drove him to Vallejo, where he was shot in the back of the head shortly before midnight.
His body was dumped in the parking lot of a Masonic Lodge, where it was discovered the next morning.
Damarcus V. Armstrong, 21, Frank P. Bigoski, 29, Tina M. Odom, 20, and Khalil I. Askari-Roberts, 33, are still awaiting trial on torture and murder charges. Two others at the home during the attack, Jennifer E. Whittington, 20, and Janiel D. Miller, 42, took plea deals in exchange for testifying for the prosecution. They pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact to a murder.
Getty ordered Odom to return to court June 3 to be sentenced.
Deputy District Attorney Julie Underwood thanked jurors for their verdict that came after one day of deliberations.
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