Alleged Trucker Killer To Stand Trial For Shooting Driver Waiting To Unload
Baton Rouge, LA – A man who is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a truck driver who was waiting to unload at a Baton Rouge business in 2017 has been deemed competent to stand trial.
According to a report in the The Advocate, 20-year-old Landry Carter, of Baton Rouge, will stand trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Tennessee truck driver Keith Odom.
The deadly incident occurred on August 8, 2017 in the parking lot of Barton’s Surplus Warehouse, located in the 12300 block of Florida Boulevard, at approximately 8:oo a.m.
Investigators say Odom, who worked for Travis Brown Trucking in Jonesborough, TN was waiting for an 8:30 a.m. appointment to unload.
As he waited, officials say Odom was patching a hole in a tire on his big rig.
A bloody receipt from Advance Auto Parts bearing a timestamp from earlier that morning and naming Odom as the customer was later found on Odom, investigators say.
Authorities obtained video surveillance from a nearby business and say Carter approached Odom while Odom was on his knees making the repair.
Prosecutors say the video shows Carter, who was wearing a black hoodie and a backpack, approached Odom and demanded Odom’s belongings.
According to the arresting documents, Odom turned over his valuables to Carter without escalating the altercation.
However, court documents say Carter then “took a step back and fired a single shot” into Odom’s midsection.
Officials say witnesses reported seeing Carter then flee the scene on foot and running quickly across the parking lot.
Odom was found by employees of Barton’s Surplus Warehouse laying beside his rig and repair supplies and badly bleeding.
Carter, who was 18-years-old at the time of the fatal shooting, was arrested by Baton Rouge Police the next day on August 9.
According to police, Carter surrendered without further incident.
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In April of 2019, Carter’s court-appointed attorney asked State District Judge Richard Anderson to appoint a sanity commission to determine if Carter was mentally competent to stand trial.
Judge Anderson so ordered the evaluation.
According to The Advocate, Judge Anderson ruled on the findings of the commission and ordered Carter to stand trial.
The trial is set to begin March 16, 2020.
Additionally, Carter is also facing numerous armed robbery charges stemming from three other incidents in the months leading up to the alleged murder of Odom, records show.
“All He Ever Wanted To Do Was Drive”
The slaying of Odom has received significant coverage in both Tennessee and Baton Rouge media outlets.
According to numerous reports, Odom lived at home with his parents in Jonesborough, TN at the time of his death.
Kenneth Odom, Keith’s father, told The Advocate shortly after learning of his son’s passing that Keith always wanted to be a trucker.
“He was wanting to be a truck driver from the time he was a little boy, 7 or 8 years old. All he ever wanted to do was drive. As soon as he was old enough, he got his license and he went on the road driving.”
The senior Odom recalled of times Keith would make travel recommendations based on places his career as a truck driver had taken him.
In fact, Kenneth says the morning Keith left on his fateful run to Baton Rouge, he was giving advice for his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary trip to Niagara Falls in September.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor this case.
(Photos shared courtesy of The Advocate/Hilary Scheinuk)
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