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September 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Killer of Graham couple faces new murder charge in Massachusetts

The Associated Press and Seattle Times archives

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosectors say 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.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday that 47-year-old Daniel Tavares Jr. will be arraigned Monday in Fall River Superior Court. 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 pleaded guilty in February 2008 to killing Beverly and Brian Mauck of Graham in November 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Tavares had spent years in a Massachusetts prison for killing his mother before he was released early because of a paperwork snafu. He then married a woman he met through an inmate pen pal service and moved to Washington state just months before he killed the Maucks.

Police and prosecutors said Tavares was living with his new wife in a trailer close to the Maucks’ home when he met the couple.

Tavares went to the Maucks’ home around 7 a.m. on Nov. 17 to collect $50 he believed was owed him for a tattoo he was inking onto Brian Mauck’s back. Tavares was reportedly insulted because Mauck didn’t like the tattoo and didn’t want to pay for it.

Tavares killed Brian Mauck, 30, first and then shot his 28-year-old wife as she tried to flee, according to court documents.

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