A Boston man accused of the 2008 murder
of a gay hair stylist said Wednesday that a third man is to blame,
the Boston Globe reported.
Prosecutors allege Steven Odegard
killed 20-year-old Daniel Yakovleff in a brutal knife attack on
January 17, 2008 after a hard night of partying and sexual relations.
Officials found Yakovleff's remains
inside the third-floor Tuttle Street apartment where Odegard, 42, was
living. Yakovleff was pronounced dead on the scene after suffering
multiple and severe stab wounds.
While testifying in his own defense,
Odegard said a third man, whom he referred to as a “little creepy,”
who was friendly with Yakovleff had come home with the two of them.
He said he fell asleep by himself on the couch. The next morning,
Odegard placed the 911 call that brought police to his home and told
them he found Yakovleff in his bed, his body covered in blood.
Yakovleff, a recent transplant to
Boston, was popular with his clients at the Liquid Hair Studio where
he worked. An overflowing crowd attended a memorial in Ashford,
Connecticut, Yakovleff's hometown, on January 22, 2008.