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Convicted killer returns to court in Fall River cold case

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

25 years ago this month a Fall River mother of 3 mysteriously disappeared. Her body was discovered years later. Wednesday the man charged in her murder returns to court.

Family members of Gayle Bothelo were in court last month as the man accused in her killing, 47–year–old Daniel Tavares, pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Bothelo mysteriously disappeared in October of 1988. 12 years later her body was found, buried in a June St. back yard. Tavares lived in that home, which sat across the street from Bothelo's home, around the time of the murder. He was a suspect in the case, but was never charged.

Earlier this year a witness changed his story, and Tavares' alibi no longer held up.

Tavares is being held without bail. He's already serving a life sentence in Washington State in a separate murder case, and was also charged in the slaying of his own mother.

A pre–trial conference in the Bothelo murder case is set for Wednesday.

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