Charges filed in murder of Kentucky woman whose car was found in Indianapolis

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SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A man has been charged with murder and robbery in the death of a 70-year-old woman found inside a Kentucky church.

Dwight Mitchell Bell, 41 was arrested in Dandrige, Tennessee, on charges stemming from the theft of Ruthie Carolyn New's car, which was found in Indianapolis. The murder and first-degree robbery charges were added later.

In a press conference on Wednesday evening, police said Bell confessed to the murder.

New was found dead in a storage area at Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset on Aug. 24.

Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk said an autopsy ruled New's death a homicide, and she had likely been dead for 24 to 36 hours.

Police had been looking for Bell for questioning since they found New's vehicle.

It's unclear if Bell has a lawyer.

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