SAN DIEGO–San Diego Police homicide detectives Wednesday charged a 38 year-old man with the 1995 murder of a San Diego woman.
Aswad Amirah Walker has been serving a sentence at Centinela State Prison for an unrelated felony conviction. He will be arraigned in San Diego Superior Court Thursday morning.
On April 29, 1995, 18 year-old Crystal Odom was shot and killed in the 6500 block of Akins Avenue in San Diego. At the time of the murder, Odom was driving a vehicle with her boyfriend while their 10 month-old daughter was in a rear car seat. A vehicle occupied by five suspects began to follow the victim’s vehicle to Akins Avenue and pulled up to the driver’s side door. Several gunshots were fired into the vehicle, fatally injuring Odom. At the time, homicide detectives processed the scene and collected evidence, but the case remained unsolved for the past twenty years.
During the last four months, detectives received additional information which identified the suspects in the murder of Odom. Based on this new information, detectives, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office, conducted extensive investigative follow-ups to bring forward a prosecutable case.
Two additional suspects, 37 year-old Jamar Phillips and 37 year-old Samuel Sayles are in custody and have already been arraigned for the murder of Crystal Odom.
The investigation is ongoing and future arrests are anticipated.