Details emerge in death of Somerset woman

Published: Sep. 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT
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Somerset police charged Dwight Bell with murder and robbery in the death of a Somerset woman.

Carolyn New, 70, was found dead in an activity center at Denham Street Baptist in Somerset on August 24.

According to the complaint warrant, Bell was first spotted by surveillance video at a Rite Aid in Lexington where police say he drove away in Carolyn New's Toyota Corolla. The warrant then says he drove the car and left it in a deli parking lot in Indianapolis.

The complaint also reveals that Bell cut Carolyn New's throat.

On Tuesday night, police in Dandridge,Tennessee, which is east of Knoxville, picked Bell 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, say 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 least he was secure and behind bars. This is the person of interest involved in all of this."

The family says Bell was often seen around the church 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. Police charged him with stealing New's car.

In a news conference on Wednesday, officers said Bell is also charged with murder after they say he confessed.

Bell is being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

No bond has been set on the murder and robbery charges.