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Family: Grand Forks woman beaten by lawyer has passed away

Police say 31-year-old Carissa Odegaard was beaten by her ex-husband who is a lawyer in North Dakota.

Carissa Odegaard
Carissa Odegaard, who is pictured here with her five children, died following an assault Tuesday, Aug. 23. Her ex-husband, Anders Odegaard, was arrested and charged with the crime.
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WARREN, Minn. — A Grand Forks mother of five who police say was beaten by her ex-husband has passed away.

Anders Odegaard
Anders Odegaard
Marshall County Sheriff's Department

The grandfather of 31-year-old Carissa Odegaard wrote in a public post on social media; "we have had a horrible tragedy strike our family. Our oldest granddaughter was pronounced brain-dead tonight. She has five children ages nine to three. We were present when the children were told that their mama was dead by a professional at the hospital. That was traumatic for all. We need your prayers and strength from God's hand."

The Marshall County Sheriff says Odegaard's ex-husband, Anders Odegaard, beat his ex-wife inside his Warren home Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23. The sheriff says the kids witnessed the attack.

Anders Odegaard, who has been practicing law in North Dakota since 2017, is behind bars. Formal charges are pending, and could be filed as early as Thursday.

A motive for the attack has not been released. It's also unclear why Carissa Odegaard was at her ex-husband's home. Court records show a divorce was finalized last year.


Records also show the former couple had a divorce review hearing scheduled for next week.

Neighbors described Anders Odegaard as odd, saying he rarely stepped outside his home, and when he did he concealed his identity.

They also said he would sit in his beat up car parked along the curb for hours.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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