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Man charged with murder in death of woman found in church

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 07:12 pm

SOMERSET, Ky. A man has been charged with murder and robbery in the death of a 70-year-old woman found inside a Kentucky church.

News outlets report Somerset police announced Tuesday night that 41-year-old Dwight Mitchell Bell was arrested in Dandrige, Tennessee, on charges stemming from the theft of Ruthie Carolyn New's car, which was found in Indianapolis. The murder and first-degree robbery charges were added later.

New was found dead in a storage area at Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset on Aug. 24.

Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk said an autopsy ruled New's death a homicide, and she had likely been dead for 24 to 36 hours.

Police had been looking for Bell for questioning since they found New's vehicle.

It's unclear if Bell has a lawyer.

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