A Louisiana man has been arrested for the murder of Baton Rouge African American museum founder, Sadie Roberts-Joseph.
According to Fox News, Ronn Jermaine Bell,38, was arrested Tuesday for the murder of Sadie Roberts-Joseph,75. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announced during a press conference that Bell was a tenant in a rental property owned by Roberts-Joseph and was behind on rent, owing about $1,200. Paul stated that officers are currently investigating a possible motive behind her murder:
“There’s no information which leads us to believe that this is a hate crime. There’s no information which leads us to believe that this incident was motivated by Ms. Sadie’s activism or her community efforts.”
Bell was already in prison for failing to register as a sex offender. He has a prior arrest and conviction in 2004 for the attempted rape of a girl who was 8-years-old at the time.
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The Baton Rouge coroner’s office said in a statement Monday that Sadie-Joseph’s cause of death was suffocation. Her body was found last Friday inside of a car trunk, three miles from her home.
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Bell is currently being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. Press play to learn more in the video clip below.