Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Pulaski County Murder

A judge sentenced a man this week who admitted to killing a woman inside a Somerset church. Dwight Bell pleaded guilty to killing and robbing 70 year old Carolyn New. The judge sentenced Bell to life without the possibility of parole. The death penalty would have been an option had a jury considered the case. Bell told the court doctors he was once diagnosed with psychological problems during a previous prison stint but that he was currently in his right mind and able to make a plea. He also stated he killed Carolyn New in a "psychotic outburst." The pastor of Denham Street Baptist Church found New's body on August 24. Bell went to the church while New was there asking for food because he was homeless. When New returned with food, Bell killed her. Investigators said Bell left in New's car, stopping in Lexington before eventually driving to Indianapolis and ditching the car. Police in Dandridge, Tennessee, which is east of Knoxville, picked Bell up and arrested him on September 12.