Baton Rouge police have arrested a suspect in the murder ofa local activist who was found dead in her trunk last week. The suspect, Ron Germaine Bell, was a tenant in one of Roberts-Joseph's rental homes who were behind on his rent, police announced Tuesday.
to Roberts-Joseph's activism. Police said Bell was several months behind on his rent and owed about $ 1,200. Bell has been charged with first-degree murder.
"All my mother wanted for this community to come together," Roberts-Joseph's daughter Angela said in a news conference Tuesday. "It's ironic that that happened in death. What happened to happen in life came to fruition in death."
75, was "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation." Her body found in the trunk of a car on Friday afternoon, about three miles from her home. Police said the 911 calls that led to her body being discovered came from "concerned citizens" who have been cleared as suspects.
Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then the African American Museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American Museum
The discovery left her brother Joseph Armstrong in shock. "We've never seen anything like this in our immediate family. It's really really hard," Armstrong told "CBS Evening News."
"They popped the trunk and she was in the trunk of the car," . "How did it happen … or why? Was it a robbery or what?"