Killer facing new charges in cold case

Mass. to try man convicted in 2007 Washington slayings

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — A man convicted of killing his mother and a newlywed Washington state couple has been returned to Massachusetts to face a murder charge in a 1988 slaying, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Daniel Tavares, 47, will be arraigned Monday in Fall River Superior Court, the Bristol County district attorney's office said. Tavares was indicted in April for the stabbing death of 32-year-old Gayle Botelho.

Botelho, a mother of three young children, disappeared after telling her roommate she was leaving her Fall River apartment for a few minutes.

Her remains were found 12 years later in the backyard of a Fall River home where Tavares had lived.

Tavares told authorities where to find Botelho's body and implicated two other men in her death. Last year a woman who had given Tavares an alibi changed her story.

Tavares has been serving a life sentence in Washington state in the 2007 killings of Brian and Beverly Mauck, of Graham, a rural town south of Tacoma.

Tavares pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1991 death of his mother and was in prison until 2007.

A judge in Massachusetts released him on personal recognizance while he was awaiting trial for assaults on prison guards, despite protests from prosecutors, who asked for $100,000 cash bail.

Tavares fled to Washington, where he shot and killed the Maucks, his neighbors, in what authorities said was a dispute over a $50 debt. Tavares pleaded guilty in the couple's deaths.