Woman talks about being strangled by Pulaski Co. murder suspect

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (WISH/WKYT) - A woman who was strangled by a man charged in a Pulaski County murder says Dwight Bell should go to prison for the rest of his life.

The woman, who only wanted to be identified as Diana, told WISH-TV in Indianapolis that Bell strangled her, slammed her against a wall, and dragged her around an apartment.

She also told the station that if she had not defended herself with a butcher knife, she would be dead.

“I’ve never really been as scared of anyone,” she told the station. “But him, oh, yeah, he was the one that got me. He scared me to death.”

Bell pleaded guilty to strangulation in the case.

“He helped me at first he was good and then he just turned into a monster,” she told WISH.

He is currently charged with the murder of Carolyn New, 70, who was found dead inside a Somerset church in August.

He confessed to the murder, according to Somerset Police.

Bell was previously a person of interest in the case, and a warrant was issued for his arrest because police believe he stole New's car.

He was arrested in Tennessee Tuesday.

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