Man pleads guilty to killing 70-year-old woman in church in Somerset, Kentucky
A man charged with murder and robbery in the death of a 70-year-old woman found inside a Kentucky church has pleaded guilty.
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A man charged with murder and robbery in the death of a 70-year-old woman found inside a Kentucky church has pleaded guilty.
News outlets report Dwight Bell pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday, telling the court he was in his right mind and able to make a plea after doctors had diagnosed him with psychological problems during a previous stint in prison. Bell had previously pleaded not guilty shortly after his arrest in September.
Ruthie Carolyn New was found dead in a storage area at Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset on Aug. 24. Bell said he killed her in a "psychotic outburst."
Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of life in prison without parole. Bell will be sentenced on Thursday. He said he wanted New's family in attendance.
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