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Murder trial involving New Bedford man begins concerning death of Fall River’s Joseph Tavares



The murder trial of 52-year-old Robert Rose, a former New Bedford resident, began this morning in Fall River Superior Court.

Rose is charged with shooting and killing 37-year-old Joseph Tavares on December 22, 2018, outside the Regency Hotel on Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, during opening statements this morning, Deputy District Attorney William McCauley told the jury the defendant approached the victim’s vehicle for a planned meeting with him. Within minutes of getting into the passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle, the defendant is accused of firing three shots, striking the victim in the head and the neck. After exiting the vehicle, the defendant is accused of shooting the victim again in the left cheek. The two men knew each other through drug dealing, with the defendant frequently purchasing from the victim.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on December 22, Dartmouth Police received a 911 call from the night manager at the hotel. The night manager reported to police that a man was bleeding heavily inside a car in the hotel’s rear parking lot.

When first responders arrived minutes later, they found the victim sitting unresponsive in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Tavares, who resided in Fall River, was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, where he was pronounced dead just after 11:00 p.m.

Deputy Assistant District Attorney McCauley went on to tell the jury this morning that the motive for the killing was robbery and that during the next two weeks he will be presenting forensic, digital and surveillance evidence to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Among that evidence is a coat belonging to the defendant which had a firearm inside its pocket that matches the murder weapon and the shell casings discovered at the scene.

The Commonwealth also plans to call as witnesses in the case two other individuals who were scheduled to meet with the victim in the same parking lots on the night of the slaying, the mother of the defendant’s child and others.

The trial should continue well into next week before testimony is concluded.

1 Comment

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  1. DanCam Costa

    December 1, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Mr Rose ypu are smoked , 52 years old your life is over, im sure u were geeking for some crack and you choses to kill this man,justice will be done,u deserve life in prison which im sure you will get,happy holidays hate to be un ur shoes, fccking idiot loser

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