The Associated Press
FALL RIVER, Mass. — A man already serving a life sentence in Washington state for killing a young married couple in 2007 pleaded not guilty today 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 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 Graham in Washington state just months before he killed Brian and Beverly Mauck.
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, 2007, 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.
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 is due back in court in Massachusetts Oct. 16.