Suspect Sought in January Murder of Gay Man in Boston



BOSTON, Dec. 15, 2008—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis today announced that they are seeking a Dorchester man in connection with the Jan. 17 stabbing death of 20-year-old Daniel Yakovleff, a day after the Suffolk County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging that man with first-degree murder.

Members of the Boston Police Fugitive and Apprehension Unit today made a forced entry into the Dorchester residence of STEVEN ODEGARD (D.O.B. 8/5/67) but did not find him and could not locate him. Authorities are now urging anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470, the anonymous CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or the CrimeStoppers Mobile Program by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

“The tragedy of David’s death was felt throughout the community and it is vitally important that the person responsible be held accountable,” Davis said. “The Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office have worked tirelessly on this investigation and will continue to be relentless in our efforts to locate and apprehend Steven Odegard.”

“Investigators never gave up on bringing Mr. Yakovleff’s killer to justice and we won’t give up now,” Conley said. “On the streets of Boston, in the sterile environment of a crime laboratory, and behind the closed doors of the Grand Jury, police and prosecutors worked hand in hand on a quiet, careful, methodical inquiry to build this case. We fully expect to hold him accountable for his actions.”

Shortly after 6:00 on the morning of Jan. 17, Boston Police responded to Odegard’s residence at the time, a third-floor Tuttle Street apartment, to find Yakovleff deceased in Odegard’s bed. The young man had suffered multiple and severe stab wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.

In the aftermath of the incident, Boston Police conducted an exhaustive search for witnesses, canvassing the neighborhoods in which Odegard lived and in which Yakovleff was last seen. Meanwhile, Boston Police criminalists scoured the crime scene and its environs for forensic and biological evidence and Suffolk County homicide prosecutors led an extensive, 11-month grand jury investigation into Yakovleff’s grisly death, obtaining sworn testimony from 16 separate witnesses.

Evidence generated by all three modes of investigation indicates that Odegard retrieved a knife from his own kitchen and stabbed Yakovleff multiple times, killing him.

Early this morning, Boston Police seeking to execute a warrant for Odegard’s arrest entered his Dorchester Avenue residence. He was not inside. Prosecutors today notified his attorney, John Swomley, that the warrant had issued and his client was wanted for murder.

When he is arrested, Odegard will be arraigned in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court on a single count of first-degree murder.