The trial of a Scottsville man charged in the brutal murder of a young girl is still more than a year away.
Timothy Madden returned to court Friday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing. Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker set a March 31 deadline for attorneys to request a change of venue. After the hearing, Madden attorney Travis Lock said he would ask for the trial to be moved to another county.
"Can Tim Madden get a fair trial in Allen County, Kentucky? I think that's very questionable," Madden stated. "I think it's going to be tough to impanel a jury in any contiguous county. I'm not sure where this case should be tried. I'm sure that's something the court will address in due time."
Madden is facing the death penalty for allegedly kidnapping, raping, sodomizing, and murdering seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin last November.
The case will not be ready for trial until late next year. Judge Crocker said she would not set the trial date near the anniversary of Doolin’s death or the holidays. Therefore, the death penalty case is expected to be tried in January 2018.