Suspect caught in killing of civil rights activist
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.