Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum and hosted Baton Rouge's annual celebration of Juneteenth, which she fought to have recognized as a state and national holiday.
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. A preliminary summary of the autopsy found that her death was caused by "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation". Paul said a "solid motive" remains under investigation but he said investigators do not believe Roberts-Joseph's death was a hate crime or related to her community activist role. Police said the 911 calls that led to her body being discovered came from "concerned citizens" who have been cleared as suspects.
Samuels said Roberts-Joseph also helped create the group Community Against Drugs and Violence which operated in north Baton Rouge.
An article from the Advocate revealed that Bell pled guilty to the sexual battery of a 9-year-old girl.
This 2004 image shows Sadie Roberts-Joseph.
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Not only was Roberts-Joseph the founder of the African American Museum, but she was also its curator. She was part of the fabric of Baton Rouge.
"On behalf of the family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph we would like to express our honest appreciation to all of the entities that came together in this tragedy to bring this person to justice", Roberts-Joseph's daughter, Angela Machen, said during Tuesday's news conference. She worked at community centers, led trash cleanups and founded an organization to fight drugs and violence in her neighborhood. She visited to bake cornbread, after her oven stopped working.
During an interview with homicide detectives, Bell denied seeing Josephs-Roberts on the day she was killed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
'I have no idea why someone would do such a heinous act or commit such a heinous act for someone who had nothing but love for this community and love for people, ' Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said to the site.
'I'm heartbroken that our community has lost such a kind and selfless soul in such a violent, tragic manner.
"What she wanted to happen in life came to fruition in death, however, we will see to it that her legacy continues", she added.