Roberts Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Tavar

26-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of 45-Year-Old Woman In July

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:32:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 29 2010 04:49:01 AM EST
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

Joseph Roberts has pleaded not guilty in the killing of Ponte Vedra Beach woman Brittany Tavar.

Roberts, 26, was scheduled to be in court Monday for his arraignment, but his lawyer entered the written not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Investigators said Roberts killed Tavar in July after an argument.

They said Roberts was a transient who had been living with Tavar at her home.

Investigators said they found her body in October after Roberts confessed to killing the 45-year-old.

Roberts was arrested in Seattle on a shoplifting charge, and Tavar's remains were found days later.