Indiana Inmate Confesses To 1998 KY Murder

GLASGOW, KY (AP) -- Barren County authorities are trying to decide how to prosecute a convicted murderer in Indiana who confessed to the 1998 killing of a Kentucky woman.

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton said David M. Bell, 35, admitted to killing Nancy Daddysman, 42, in a recent four-hour interview.

"If he did some of the things he claimed to do, he'd be one of the most prolific serial killers," Eaton said. "Being a small county sheriff, you'd never think of dealing with a person of this magnitude. Some of the things he's done and said, you're not dealing with an average Joe."

Bell is serving a 63-year sentence for the 2005 murder of Claire Ellis in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Ind. He pleaded guilty to murder for beating Ellis to death and burying her body in the backyard of his home where police found it five months later.

Officials say he is also a suspect in the killing of an Arkansas woman after admitting to killing her and leading police to a truck containing a pair of her underwear.

Daddysman was last seen Sept. 4, 1998, at the parking lot outside a Kentucky Waffle House, trying to find a ride to Indiana to meet a friend. Relative reported her missing a week later.

Her body, partially wrapped in a piece of upholstery fabric just outside a cave off Iron Mountain Road near Park City, was discovered Sept. 21, 2000. The state medical examiner's office determined she died from a stab wound.

"Midway through the interview with me, he was giving us some background, talking about stuff he had done over the years and he started opening up more about the Daddysman incident," Eaton said. "He told us that he picked up a lady hitchhiking in Bowling Green on her way to Indiana and struck her in the head with a pipe."

Bell said he later pulled his truck onto an isolated road and saw that Daddysman was regaining consciousness, at which point he allegedly choked and then stabbed her, Eaton said.

The conditions of Bell's sentence in Indiana leave him ineligible for parole until April 13, 2037, and with the potential for another murder charge against him for the Arkansas killing, extraditing Bell to and prosecuting him in Kentucky may be a complicated process.

Eaton said with multiple jurisdictions interested in Bell as a suspect, it is uncertain when the case against Bell may be heard in court.

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