Fall River Men Indicted in Connection to 2023 Homicide, Manhunt Underway for Suspect

FALL RIVER, Mass. – Four men from Fall River have been indicted in connection to the previously unsolved May 13, 2023, homicide of 23-year-old Diamonte Odom, said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III. The indictments were a result of a long-term grand jury investigation into the homicide, conducted by Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman, with the assistance of Massachusetts State Police and Fall River Police detectives.

One of the indicted men, Tajon Saxon, 26, is wanted on charges of Murder, Carrying a Loaded Illegal Firearm, and Carrying an Illegal Firearm. He is also wanted in connection to a previous Fall River double-homicide case. According to Massachusetts State Police, Saxon has close ties to the Fall River area, Rhode Island, and New York and should be considered armed and dangerous. The firearm used in the May 13, 2023, homicide has not been recovered.

Another defendant, Quanif Johnson, 26, has been indicted on charges of Murder, Carrying a Loaded Illegal Firearm, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute, and various firearm-related charges. Johnson is currently in custody in Rhode Island on charges connected to another homicide case in that state.

Dioni Tavarez-Leonirio, 25, has been indicted on a charge of Accessory to Murder-After the Fact, while Devin Alves, 18, has been indicted for trafficking drugs and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The homicide occurred on May 13, 2023, just before 10:45 p.m., when Odom was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his face. He later succumbed to his injuries at Rhode Island Hospital during the early morning hours of May 14.

Due to the fact that the two defendants indicted for murder have yet to be arraigned in open court, no further details were released. The case remains ongoing, and anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tajon Saxon is urged to contact the authorities.