PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Somerset police charged Dwight Bell with murder and robbery in the death of a Somerset woman. They said he has confessed to the crimes.
Police captured Dwight Bell near Dandridge, Tennessee. Carolyn New was found dead at an activity center at her church, Denham Street Baptist in Somerset on August 24.
Surveillance photos showed Bell was in Indiana the day after the murder. On Tuesday night, police in Dandridge, Tennessee, which is east of Knoxville, picked him up and arrested him.
"We knew through our investigative efforts that he was in the Dandridge area, the I-40 area in Tennessee down there," said Captain Mike Correll with Somerset Police. "We contacted Dandridge PD and they were on the look out for him and located him not far from the police department from what I understand."
Carolyn New's sons, Richard and Jonathan New, said they are relieved at the arrest.
"Finally. Some closure. And the safety for the public," they said. "That this man was off the streets. And whatever involvement and so on...at least he was secure and behind bars. This is the person of interest involved in all of this."
The family said Bell had been seen around the church before looking for help.
"Just from what I have been told he started coming to the church, attended a few services, was a person in need, needed a place to stay," Jonathan New said.
Somerset Police detectives traveled to Tennessee on Wednesday to interview Bell.
Bell is held in the Pulaski County Detention Center. No bond has been set.