ST. JOHNS, Ariz. — A man who recently had murder and 10 other felony
charges against him reinstated has been arrested in Washington state.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Joseph Roberts, 25, was taken into
custody Friday in Spokane without incident.
An Apache County judge had dropped charges against Roberts without prejudice
last year. The judge said Roberts’ trust in the system was betrayed when the
county attorney’s office discussed a plea deal with him without legal
An appellate court reversed that decision and sent the case back to Apache
County Superior Court for a trial on the merits.
Roberts did not appear at a hearing last week in St. Johns, resulting in a
warrant for his arrest.
He’s accused of fatally shooting a man, and helping a friend mutilate and bury
another man’s body.