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Man accused of repeatedly stabbing, killing woman

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A man who twice escaped a murder conviction for two separate deaths is now accused in the death of a woman whose partial remains were found inside his rented trailer.

A grand jury has indicted Joseph Arbeiter, 65, for first-degree murder, which means prosecutors believe the death was premeditated. The indictment was announced during a news conference Tuesday morning in Sedalia.

Mandy Black, 35, was repeatedly stabbed in the chest in late 2013 or early 2014. Arbeiter allegedly confessed to the crime and only knew the victim as "Mandy." 

Judge Robert Liston is not allowing Arbeiter to make bond.

This is the third time that Arbeiter has been accused of killing someone with the first one occurring when he was 15 years old. He allegedly confessed to killing a woman with a butcher knife during a robbery, but the Missouri Supreme Court tossed his conviction on procedural grounds.

He was later accused of killing a tavern owner during a botched burglary and sexually assaulting a woman, but he was exonerated. He was also exonerated in the case of a 20-year-old woman's rape.

All of these cases date to the 1960s and 1970s.

Black's arms were found in a metal box inside Arbeiter's home, according to court documents. Additional portions of her dismembered body were found in several shallow graves in woods near the trailer, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Deputies were called last week to the Lot 19 of the Goodwill Chapel Trailer Park in the 26000 block of Goodwill Chapel Road about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. A crew was cleaning out the trailer after Arbeiter had been evicted due to his arrest.

Arbeiter initially was arrested on charges including a sex crime, armed criminal action and possession of a controlled substance. After the remains were found, an indictment by the grand jury was sought.

According to court documents, Arbeiter said he dismembered Black's body in an effort to hide his crime.

"During the conversation with Arbeiter, he also provided specific details regarding the crime and disposal of the remains that corroborated and matched evidence and items, which would only have been known to investigators and the suspect," he said.

Authorities are looking to see if he is connected to other unsolved crimes.

One woman who lives in the trailer park said she believes police need to be questioning others to see if Arbeiter may have had accomplices.

"It's hard to imagine that someone, a human being, could do that to another human being and just throw them aside like a rock or something like they were nothing," said Tracie Karigan who knew Black from bars in town.

Black's father-in-law said she had drug problems that brought her in and out of her family's life, which could be why no one was alarmed to have her missing for several months.

KCTV5's Betsy Webster and Chris Oberholtz contributed to this report.

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