Prosecution changes in case against Timothy Madden following election

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- In Allen and Simpson Counties, long-time Commonwealth's Attorney Clint Willis lost his bid for re-election Tuesday night.

Franklin lawyer Corey Morgan is set to become the next Commonwealth's Attorney for the 49th Circuit.

"It's a very humbling experience," said Morgan.

These election results mean there will be a change in prosecution when it comes to the case of Timothy Madden, accused of the 2015 rape and murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin.

"At this point, I don't expect any sort of continuance unless there's something unforeseen," said Commonwealth's Attorney Elect Morgan.

Current Commonwealth's Attorney Clint Willis has said the prosecution has been ready for years, but it's not up to his office to set that trial date.

Morgan hopes to make sure it's not pushed back any further, after multiple continuances of the trial.

"I'm not saying it's the prosecution's fault; I'm not saying it's anyone's fault," he said. "Sometimes cases just take a while to come to a conclusion, but on that case, and all the other cases in Simpson and Allen Counties, I will be proceeding as quickly and efficiently as practicable."

This will be the first time Morgan has worked on a capital murder case, although he has worked as an assistant prosecutor in the past.

"I've been on both sides," he explained. "I know how to prosecute a case. I know how to defend a case, and I think it's important to know both sides in a case because it gives you a better idea what the defense attorneys are thinking and what you expect that they may in fact be using as a defense."

Morgan will take over in January. Then, he will be able to receive information that is only available to the involved parties in the case.

"If Clint Willis is willing to work with me, I am absolutely happy to work with him," he said. "I want to make sure that justice is done."

Willis said Wednesday that he would help Morgan obtain that information.

Willis believes that police have put together a good case against Madden and that the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office would have been ready to try the case almost two years ago. He believes this case played a role in how people voted in this year's election.



 
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