Robbery suspect now accused of shooting of Columbus business owner

Christopher Odom Courtesy of: Columbus Police Department
Christopher Odom Courtesy of: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Police say they have connected a local man to a series of armed robberies on the city's south side, including a brutal attack that left one business owner in critical condition.

Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Odom is already behind bars but according to Columbus detectives, the case against him is expanding.

Odom was arrested last month after police say he robbed the Arby's on Victory Drive at gunpoint.

According to officials in the Columbus Police Department's Robbery and Assault Division, Odom also committed another armed robbery and an attempted a third armed robbery at the same south Columbus Arby's, allegedly shooting at employees in one incident and pointing a gun at them in another.

Now, detectives reveal they have charged Odom in the shooting of Richard Judice, the owner of F&B Auto Electric Store on Benning Drive.

Judice was shot several times and robbed at his South Columbus business but managed to survive the attack.

Investigators say their evidence shows the same gun was used in the shooting at Arby's and at the F&B Store and tell WTVM they tied the weapon to Odom.

Officials say Odom may be responsible for other robberies. He is still under investigation.

Christopher Odom is being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail.

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