Suspect Found in Murder of Civil Rights Activist Sadie Roberts Joseph

A suspect in the murder of 75-year-old Louisiana civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph is in police custody.

Ronn Bell, a former tenant of Sadie’s, has been charged with her murder after she was found dead in the trunk of a car near her home.

viaNYDN:

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

“I’m heartbroken that our community has lost such a kind and selfless soul in such a violent, tragic manner,” lamented Easton Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “I have known and loved Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph for years and admire and respect her dedication to education and our community.”

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.

“(Roberts-Joseph) was one of the standout matriarchs of Baton Rouge,” praised Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “We will make her legacy a priority . . . because of what she gave to so many here.”

 
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