african-american history museum founder’s killer identified
By Erin White
July 17, 2019
An autopsy on Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Baton Rouge African-American history museum founder, has finally been completed and the cause of death points to suffocation. A longtime advocate of peace in her community and a social justice activist, Roberts-Joseph’s body was found in the trunk of her car last week, pointing to extremely suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Although the coroner has released preliminary autopsy results, police have disclosed few details about the case thus far. What we do know is that Roberts-Joseph, 75, died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation” and that her death has been ruled a homicide.
“The community has been working with our detectives,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul on CNN Monday night. “We are getting calls, we are getting emails, we are getting text messages. There will be no investigative lead that will not be exhausted in this investigation.” He also said that they’re confident that we’re going to make an arrest.
And it seems the Police Chief was correct. According to police in Louisiana, Ronn Jermaine Bell has been arrested and charged for Roberts-Joseph’s death. According to CBS, both circumstantial and physical evidence led to the arrest. And it is believed that Bell’s motivation was tied to a late rent issue, as he was a tenant in Roberts-Joseph’s building. Bell was also arrested in 2014 in connection to the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
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