Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case soon in the trial of reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The defense could begin presenting its case next week.
Bulger, 83, is accused of playing a role in 19 murders, including the strangling death of 26-year-old Debra Davis in 1981.
Davis had been dating Bulger’s right hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi. Flemmi is now the prosecution’s star witness in Bulger’s trial.
Flemmi claims that Bulger killed Debra Davis because she knew about their FBI connections. Flemmi says he then pulled out all of her teeth before disposing of the body.
Debra’s brother, Steven Davis, has been in court every day of the trial, and also testified in the case.
He talked to Here & Now about his sister, the trial and whether justice will be served.
“It’s amusing for a lot of people,” Davis said, referring to the trial. “Three, four months down the road, people are going to say, ‘Whitey who?’ Where myself, the other families of the victims, we’re tattooed with this guy’s head — engraved in our head. What they did to our family members, it’s — we’ve been handed a life sentence.”