Person of interest in Somerset church killing arrested


SOMERSET, Ky. (KT) - Dwight Mitchell Bell, the man wanted for questioning in the murder of Carolyn New in the activity center of the Denham Street Baptist Church two weeks ago, has been arrested, according to the Somerset Police Department.

Somerset police detectives, with the assistance of the Major Crimes Task Force and the Dandridge Police Department in Dandridge, Tenn., were able to locate Bell in the Dandridge area.

Dandridge Police Officers arrested Bell without incident on charges stemming from the warrant for the theft of New’s automobile, which was found in Indianapolis. Police in Indianapolis had released surveillance images of Bell last week.

Bell has not been charged with New's murder.

She was the widow of the former pastor at the church. Her late husband, J.S. New, founded the church in January 1973 as a mission of Slate Street Baptist Church. She remained an active member at her husband’s church after his death in 2012.

New was a charter member of the church and “took pride in serving her Lord as she continued her support of the church and the new pastor,” according to her obituary.

As the church custodian, she often cleaned the church on Thursdays and was perhaps doing so when the murder occurred, according to media 


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