Sadie Roberts-Joseph's Death Ruled A Homicide

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Baton Rouge detectives arrested Ron Jermaine Bell in the killing of Roberts-Joseph, 75, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of her auto on Friday afternoon, police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference.

Baton Rouge detectives arrested Ron Jermaine Bell in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of her auto on Friday afternoon, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference.

Paul said Bell was a tenant in a rental property owned by 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph and was behind on about $1,200 in rent.

According to the Advocate, Bell is a registered sex offender.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he personally knew Roberts-Joseph. The coroner's office released a statement on their findings, which read, "It is with great sadness and respect we investigate any unexpected or traumatic death". Robert Joseph's community was stunned at her death, as she was a known activist who founded an African American history museum in Baton Rouge.

Paul said that authorities believe the suspect was one of the victim's tenants.

Among Roberts-Joseph's accomplishments, she founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum (now called the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum) in 2001.

A 2007 report from the Advocate says Bell pleaded guilty to the sexual battery of a 9-year-old girl.

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Sadie Roberts-Jones stands between Sgt. Kyle Callihan (left) and Sgt Michael Gauthier, who are with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

In an interview with the victim's niece Pat McCallister-Leduff, ABC was told: 'We're devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own vehicle'.

Roberts-Joseph was found suffocated in the trunk of her vehicle Friday afternoon. "None of us understand why anybody would do this to an elderly lady who has done nothing but good for her community". She also founded a local nonprofit combating drugs and violence.

During an interview with homicide detectives, Bell denied seeing Josephs-Roberts on the day she was killed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She visited to bake cornbread, after her oven stopped working.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph's death was ruled a homicide on Monday (July 15) after her body was discovered in the trunk of her auto last week. I will continue to pray that justice is served as her friends and family move forward in healing.

'I'm heartbroken that our community has lost such a kind and selfless soul in such a violent, tragic manner. It's unclear whether he's represented by an attorney.

The Baton Rouge Police Department found the activist's remains after being tipped off by an anonymous caller.

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