Man pleads guilty in death of woman, 70, found in church

November 7, 2017

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 Mitchell 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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