FALL RIVER, Mass. — A man already serving a life sentence in Washington state for killing a married couple has pleaded not guilty to killing a Massachusetts woman 25 years ago.
A shackled Daniel Tavares pleaded not guilty Monday in Fall River Superior Court to the 1988 slaying of 32-year-old Gayle Botelho, a mother of three, in October 1998.
Prosecutors say the now 47-year-old Tavares and Botelho were neighbors.
Her remains were found 12 years later in the backyard of a Fall River home where Tavares had lived. She had been stabbed to death.
Tavares told authorities where to find Botelho’s body. He told authorities Botelho had died during a “wild party.”
Tavares also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1991 death of his mother.