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Police Chief: Man Confesses To The Murder Of Ruthie Carolyn New

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SOMERSET, Ky (LEX 18) The man arrested Tuesday in Dandridge, Tennessee as a person of interest in the murder of Ruthie Carolyn New has been charged with her murder and robbery.

Chief William Hunt said in a press conference on Wednesday that Dwight Mitchell Bell confessed to the murder and robbery of New. No bond has been set. 

Ruthie Carolyn New's body was found in the activity center of the Denham Street Baptist Church August 24. 

Dwight Mitchell Bell was found in Dandridge, Tennessee and arrested without incident on charges stemming from the theft of New's vehicle. An arrest warrant said he was at a Pilot Travel Center. The warrant said that further investigation showed that Bell was wanted in Henry County, Indiana on a strangulation charge as well. 

The church's pastor told LEX 18 that Bell had visited the church before, but he was not a member.

He was arraigned in court Wednesday morning. He is at the Pulaski County Detention Center.  

In 1999, Bell was arrested for the death of his father in Indiana. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to several years in prison. A warrant for his arrest was also issued in Indiana on a strangulation charge.

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