Parsons murder suspect arrested after 18 hour manhunt

PARSONS, Kan. – After an 18 hour manhunt, Parsons, Kansas police arrest a homicide suspect. They say that suspect is 29-year-old Malcom Odom from Parsons.

He was arrested at a house on the 1400 block of Partridge Avenue in Parsons. Authorities say he was found hiding under a couch.

Police say Odom shot and killed 22-year-old Levi Kendricks early Thursday morning. Police say Odom was out on parole and had a felony warrant issued for his arrest by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Parsons Police are requesting the Labette County Attorney’s Office charge Odom with the following charges: Murder in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Criminal Discharge of a Firearm, Criminal Carrying of a Weapon, and Criminal use of Weapons.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “This brings another felon to justice in Parsons. I am appreciative to the men and women of the police department that was out in the cold searching houses, wooded areas and following up on every lead all day. I am especially appreciative to the citizens that remembered ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’ and called the police with information or details that led to the apprehension of a dangerous felon.

The Labette County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation. This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, authorities ask you contact the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060, call the Tip Line at (620) 421-7057 or email at