Not-guilty plea entered in case of Kentucky girl’s death

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Mother Weeps in Court as Suspect in 7-Year-Old’s Horrific Murder, Rape, Pleads Not Guilty.

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pink ribbons and balloons decorate a town saddened by the slaying of a 7-year-old girl, and a sign reads “Justice for Gabbi.” But no one is certain Scottsville, a peaceful community of 5,000, will ever be the same.A Kentucky mother wept loudly Monday as the suspect in her 7-year-old daughter’s gruesome rape and murder pleaded not guilty in a courtroom packed with emotion. Kentucky State Police arrested Timothy Madden, 38, of Scottsville, on Friday and charged him with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

The little girl had been missing for only 25 minutes when searchers found her body Nov. 14 in a wooded area near the Allen County Scottsville High School, where her brother had been playing in a youth football game. The arrest warrant said she died of manual strangulation and drowning. “In a small, rural community like ours, you read about those things happening, but you don’t ever imagine them happening in your hometown,” Allen County Judge-Executive Johnny Hobdy said Friday.

As Madden was led into the courtroom Monday afternoon with his arms and legs shackled, Gabby’s mother, Amy Doolin, held her hand over her mouth and sobbed uncontrollably as Madden was seated at the defense table. A reporter asked if he had anything to say, and Madden replied, “I’m innocent.” “It’s changed everybody’s mindset,” Chris Carter, who has four children, said of Gabbi’s killing.

Madden, a construction worker with five children of his own, sat quietly as the charges against him were read aloud by Allen County District Court Judge Martha Harrison. She choked up while announcing the defendant “did commit the offense of kidnapping by unlawfully restraining Gabriella Doolin, a child under the age of 12,” according to WKYT-TV. Outside court, defense attorney Travis Lock told reporters, “It is very early in this process for us to discuss what the evidence may or may not be in this case.” “There’s no way this man could have done this vicious whatever because he’s not that kind of person,” said Linda King, according to the AP. “He loves his kids, he loves his family.

He proclaimed his innocence in brief remarks to reporters Friday while being taken in handcuffs from a state police post to a squad car, and again in a jailhouse interview with Louisville TV station WDRB. Madden went to school with Gabbi’s father, Brian Doolin, said King, who described her son-in-law as a devoted family man who has cared for his wife since she suffered multiple strokes earlier this year. Because the monster that done that is still loose.” On the day of the child’s funeral last week, residents lined the streets holding pink and blue balloons that they released as the hearse carrying her body drove by. Gabbi, as she was called, was reported missing about 7:40 p.m. on Nov. 14 by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School in south-central Kentucky. Kathy Saylors, picking up her granddaughter from school Friday afternoon, said she expects more precautions to be taken for children as a result of Gabbi’s death.

Her 8-year-old grandson rode the school bus with Gabbi and told Saylors he was scared after Gabbi was killed. “You take things for granted that nothing’s going to happen,” she said. “But now that it’s hit home, it’ll be different.

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