Timothy Madden appears in court, trial date remains unchanged

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) – Timothy Madden, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin in 2015, appeared in Allen Circuit Court Friday.

Judge Janet Crocker welcomed the new Commonwealth Attorney, Corey Morgan, who won election over Clint Willis in November 2018.

Friday's court appearance yielded several deadlines for motions. The deadline to file further motions in the case will be March 15, with other deadlines for replies and responses in April.

The case has been delayed several times, but Judge Crocker said “barring extraordinary circumstances,” the case will not be continued again.

Madden's public defender, Tom Griffiths, tells reporters he's never been involved in a case this complex, having only taken over halfway through last year, and it will be difficult to be prepared for that set September trial.

"I have a capital murder case starting that first week of February that's going to take up that whole month," he said. "It will be difficult to dedicate the amount of time that this case deserves. I have another case set for the month of July."

Corey Morgan told 13 News back in November that he did not foresee any way he is not prepared by September.

He says Gabbi Dollin's family is happy to hear Judge Crocker say she will be unlikely to grant another continuance in the case.

"They've had some frustrations and I think they understand that at this point we're doing all that we can and we expect everything to go smoothly," he said.

Timothy Madden will be back in court May 3, with trial still scheduled for September. Madden faces the death penalty if convicted.

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