Man who killed Graham couple pleads not guilty to Mass. slaying

Man who killed Graham couple pleads not guilty to Mass. slaying
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A man already serving a life sentence in Washington state for killing a young married couple pleaded not guilty Monday to killing a Massachusetts woman 25 years ago.

A shackled Daniel Tavares, 47, was held without bail after pleading not guilty in Fall River Superior Court to the 1988 slaying of Gayle Botelho, 32, a mother of three.

Botelho told her roommate she was leaving her Fall River apartment for a few minutes but never came back. Her remains were found 12 years later in the yard of a Fall River home where Tavares had lived. She had been stabbed to death.

Botelho and Tavares knew each other, authorities said, and last year, a woman who had given Tavares an alibi changed her story. Tavares told authorities where to find Botelho's body, and he had previously told police that she died during a "wild party."

Tavares had also 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 Graham, a rural town south of Tacoma in Washington. He shot to death Brian and Beverly Mauck, his neighbors, in what authorities said was a dispute over a $50 debt. Tavares pleaded guilty in their deaths and is serving a life sentence in Washington.

Tavares is due back in court in Massachusetts Oct. 16.