March 22, 2023

Who is Ronn Jermaine Bell? Sadie Roberts-Joseph Suspected Murderer; Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Career History, Arrest & Charges

Ronn Jermaine Bell Bio, Wiki

Ronn Jermaine Bell is a 38-year-old man who has been identified as the suspect arrested in the murder of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, an advocate for peace and unity in her Baton Rouge community. The body of Roberts-Joseph, affectionately known in the community as Ms. Sadie, was found in the trunk of a car about 3 1/2 miles from her home Friday afternoon, July 12th. Police discovered the remains in the car in in the 2300 block of North 20th Street, which is located off I-110 near Choctaw, at 3:35 p.m according to WAFB. She was 75.

Ronn Jermaine Identified as the Suspect in the Murder of Sadie Roberts-Joseph

According to  WAFB, Sadie Robert body was found in the trunk of a car about 3 1/2 miles from her home Friday afternoon, July 12th. The Police discovered the remains in the car in in the 2300 block of North 20th Street, which is located off I-110 near Choctaw, at 3:35 p.m.

Speaking to The Advocate, Sadie Robert’s sister, Beatrice Johnson said she saw her sister that day when she stopped by to use her oven. She never came back to pick up the cornbread she’d made.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph was a pillar of Baton Rouge. She founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum, saying that unity comes by examining historical injustices.

Police said they were mourning the loss of the beloved community leader, along with the community she served. She teamed up with police through the organization she co-founded, Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV).

Police wrote on Facebook: “Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From assisting with her bicycle give away at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served.”

Police Statement

Murphy Paul, the Baton Rouge Police Chief said they received an anonymous 911 call about a vehicle with a body in the trunk. Paul said in a Press Release said of how they found a body in the vehicle: “Our patrol officer arrived and located a vehicle parked in the rear of a vacant house. The scene was immediately secured by our detectives and our homicide unit was dispatched to the scene to take over the investigation. The location where the vehicle was found was approximately 3 to 31/2 miles from Ms. Sadie’s residence. The persons who made the 911 call were anonymous. They were concerned citizens and we do not believe they had anything to do from the homicide. And they have been cleared as suspects in our investigation.”

Paul said, “We immediately began our investigation into Ms. Sadie’s death. Our detectives immediately began following up on leads, interviewing witnesses and searching for evidence during the midst of a hurricane. There was no information which leads us to believe this was a hate crime. There’s no information which leads us to believe this incident was motivated by Ms. Sadie’s activism or her community efforts.”

Paul said there was a 1 1/2 hour time frame that investigators focused on, the period between she was last seen alive and the time when she was discovered. “Thanks to the help of our Baton Rouge community, and the work of our Baton Rouge detectives and the dedicated service of the men and women of the Louisiana State Police crime lab, through all those investigative efforts we were able to identify a suspect.”

Ronn Jermaine Bell Criminal History

In 2007, Ronn Jermaine Bell was convicted of sexual battery. He served seven years in prison. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney, Hillar Moore, Bell was accused of aggravated rape of a 9-year-old girl. Bell was arrested in 2005 and pleaded guilty two years later.

Moore said a jury had been selected and seated to hear the trial on the aggravated rape charge, but “at that time it was thought to be best that this person plead guilty to sexual battery, which he did.” Moore said the family of the victim was involved in the plea agreement decision. Moore said Bell was sentenced to seven years in prison and served his entire sentence. The original charge would have resulted in a mandatory life sentence if he was found guilty.

The Advocate newspaper archives reports: “Prosecutors said the crime had occurred about 2 1/2 years before Bell’s trial. The girl had told police she didn’t tell anyone immediately because she didn’t think anyone would believe her. She said she changed her mind after ‘hearing other children talk about how it was wrong for people to do those types of things.’”

“He is no longer under probation parole supervision, however since he is a sex offender, he’s under indefinite supervision and he must abide by all the regulations and rules and statutes that are in place to register and pay a certain amount of fees, which apparently he did not do, or it is alleged he did not do, and that was the warrant he was picked up for in this case,” Moore said.

Bell was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on July 16th, 2019 on charges connected to violating the conditions of his lifetime sex offender registration, according to online records.

He does not appear to have any other prior criminal convictions in Louisiana.

Ronn Jermaine Bell Owned Sadie Roberts-Joseph Rent amounting to $1,200

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a press conference that Ronn Bell lived at a rental property in the city-owned by Sadie Roberts-Joseph. He owed her about $1,200.

Paul said: “We believe based on our investigations at this time that Ronn Bell was a tenant in one of her rent houses.’ He went on to say. “We believe that he was behind several months on his rent. We believe around $1,200 was owed for rent. We still don’t have a complete solid motive at this time and the motive is still under investigation. This is still an ongoing investigation.

Police have released few details about what led to Roberts-Joseph’s death. Paul said they do not want to compromise the investigation and said they could not answer a lot of questions because of that.

“We ask you to keep the family of Ms. Sadie in your prayers,” Paul said.

The reaction by the Community

Sadie Roberts-Joseph. lived in Baton Rouge community. She was an advocate for peace and unity in her community. She co-founded Community Against Drugs and Violence (CAVAD) to help reduce crime in Baton Rouge, and teamed up with Baton Rouge police for her efforts.

The community remains heartbroken and wonder why anyone would hurt Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who was known in her community as a gentle activist who worked for peace and unity. Roberts-Joseph called for an end to violence in Baton Rouge.

“Who would want to hurt Sadie? She had given her life to proving children and adults alike the opportunity to know and live Black History. I’m completely baffled that someone would take her life. I pray for her family and that whoever did her harm will be found and punished,” Patricia Haynes Smith wrote on Facebook. “May God take care of you my friend.”

Community leaders called for information and friends called for swift justice in the death of the gentle activist.