Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 27, 2013

Authorities searching for murder suspect

A Cumberland County man is wanted in connection with a murder at a Mattoon bar last week.

Thomas Ray "Tommy" O'Dell, 41, of rural Cumberland County is wanted in relation to the March 18 shooting death of Benjamin Newton at Toaster's Pub in Mattoon.

The warrant was released following an investigation by Mattoon Police Department, Coles County State's Attorney's Office, East Central Illinois Task Force, Illinois State Police, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Coles County Coroner.

O'Dell should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should contact Crimestoppers at 1-866-345-8488 or the Mattoon Police Department at 217-235-5451.

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