The attorney for a man charged in the death of a young Allen County girl wants the trial moved out of the region.
Attorney Travis Lock filed a change of venue request Friday afternoon in Allen Circuit Court on behalf of Timothy Madden. Lock previously told WKU Public Radio that his client couldn't get a fair trial in Allen County due to publicity surrounding the case.
"I think it's going to be tough to impanel a jury in any contiguous county," stated Lock. "I'm sure that's something the court will address in due time."
Lock cited results of a telephone survey conducted in February by WKU’s Social Science Research Center. The poll questioned 256 Allen County residents. Seventy-five percent of them believed Madden was guilty of murdering Gabbi Doolin. The seven-year-old’s body was found behind Allen County-Scottsville High School in November 2015.
Madden is charged with murder, kidnapping, rape, and sodomy. He could get the death penalty if convicted. His trial is likely to begin in early 2018.