Man Who Killed, Dismembered Body of Woman He Trafficked Watched Crime Shows for Cover-Up Tips

Cory Martin fatally strangled Brandy Odom, 26, in 2018 before dismembering her body so he could access her life insurance

<p>Brandy Odom/Facebook, U.S. Attorney

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Brandy Odom (L) Cory Martin (R)
  • Cory Martin sex trafficked and murdered Brandy Odom in 2018

  • Martin and another woman planned to "fraudulently" access money under Odom's name through an insurance scam

  • The two disposed of Odom's body parts across a park in New York City

A New York City man has been convicted of killing and dismembering a woman he had trafficked "for commercial sex" and authorities say he also watched crime shows for tips on how to cover-up the murder.

Cory Martin was found guilty of several charges by a federal jury in New York City in connection with the 2018 murder of Brandy Odom, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York announced in a statement on Monday.

He was convicted of murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of identification. Martin, now 36, strangled Odom, 26, to death in April 2018, according to the statement. 

Authorities said Martin had a co-conspirator who lived with him and Odom in the same residence. Martin plotted a scheme with the co-conspirator to “fraudulently” obtain two life insurance policies in Odom’s name and killed her to cash in on the benefits.

The co-conspirator, who is not named in the statement but is identified as Adelle Anderson by The Associated Press, testified against Martin in the trial, per the statement. Martin operated as both Odom and Anderson's pimp, the attorney's office said in the statement.

Anderson told authorities Martin watched crime shows to learn how to commit the crime and cover it up, according to the statement.

She joined Martin in watching the true-crime show The First 48 to determine what they should and shouldn’t do during the commission of the crime “to avoid being caught by the police,” per the statement.

Anderson said that Martin also watched the TV show Dexter, which features a serial killer who dismembered his victims, per the statement. Martin watched the show to learn how to “commit the crime when he got rid of Brandy,” she said.

After Martin killed Odom, Anderson joined him in purchasing cleaning supplies and a vacuum, she testified, according to the statement.

She claimed Martin covered the surface of the bathtub with heavy-duty, black garbage bags and dismembered Odom’s body.

She accompanied him in disposing of parts of her body across a park in Brooklyn over two days in early April 2018, the statement added. 

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace said in the statement that Martin considered Odom his “moneymaker" and trafficked and murdered her before “tossing out her slaughtered body parts” in order to “profit from her death."

<p>U.S. Attorney's Office for the EDNY</p> Surveillance footage shows Cory Martin at the park where Brandy Odom's remains were found

U.S. Attorney's Office for the EDNY

Surveillance footage shows Cory Martin at the park where Brandy Odom's remains were found

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Following the murder, Anderson attempted several times, allegedly under Martin’s direction, to access the insurance benefits under Odom’s name but was not successful, per the statement.

Anderson has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the murder and life-insurance scheme offenses, per the The Associated Press, but it wasn’t immediately clear if she has been sentenced.

Attorney Peace condemned Martin for his “ghastly, cold-blooded crime that was motivated by greed,” ​​according to the statement.

"Brandy Odom suffered an unthinkable death at the defendant’s hands," he said, per the statement, "but her life mattered and I hope that this verdict holding the defendant responsible brings some measure of closure to her family."

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