Not guilty plea entered for man charged with killing woman in Somerset church

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Dwight Bell appeared in a Pulaski County courtroom on Friday morning.

Three court bailiffs, one wearing a bulletproof vest, surrounded Bell as he entered the Pulaski District Courtroom. Bell's court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, which is routine for a district court arraignment.

Police say Bell admitted to killing Carolyn New, 70, on August 24 in an activity center at Denham Street Baptist in Somerset. Officers in Dandridge, Tennessee captured Bell earlier this week. Somerset Police brought him back to Kentucky to face charges of murder and robbery.

The judge said Bell would continue to be held in the Pulaski County Detention Center with no bond. The public defender asked the judge to preserve all evidence in the case. The judge then set a preliminary hearing for next Wednesday at 1:30.

WKYT looked into Bell's criminal past in Indiana. Police in New Castle arrested him in November 2016 for strangulation assault. Bell entered a guilty plea in March and a judge sentenced him to one year jail. Bell got credit for time served. Officials released him in May for good behavior.

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