Sus­pect caught in killing of civil rights ac­tivist

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE/NATION - — New York Daily News

A sus­pect in the killing of long­time Louisiana civil rights ac­tivist Sadie Roberts-Joseph is off the streets.

Ronn Bell, 38, a ten­ant of the 75-year-old founder of the Odell S. Wil­liams Now & Then African Amer­i­can Mu­seum, has been charged with mur­der­ing the 75-yearold Baton Rouge woman, who was dis­cov­ered July 12 dead in a car trunk three miles from her home.

The coro­ner ruled Roberts-Joseph’s death a homi­cide from trau­matic as­phyx­i­a­tion, po­ten­tially from stran­gu­la­tion, re­ported The Ad­vo­cate.

DNA be­long­ing to the sus­pect was dis­cov­ered on Roberts-Joseph’s body, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice af­fi­davit.

Bell, 38, has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal history that in­cludes a child-rape case and sex-of­fender reg­is­tra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

He also con­ceded that he was in ar­rears on rent pay­ments but stated Robert­sJoseph gave him the OK to re­main in the home pro­vided he of­fered some cash.

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