Re: Death of 7-year-old Girl Missing at Football Game in Kentucky Ruled a Homic
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Timothy Wayne Madden, the Kentucky man charged in the rape, strangulation and drowning of 7-year-old Gabriella Corinne Doolin, was held on $1 million bail Monday and could face the death sentence.
Not guilty pleas were entered in Allen County District Court for Madden, 38, of Scottsville, near the Tennessee line, who was arrested Friday morning after a six-day search.
Madden was being returned to custody in isolation on charges of murder, kidnapping resulting in victim death, first-degree rape of a child under 12 and first-degree sodomy of a child under 12.
IMAGE: Gabriella Doolin
Gabriella Doolin in a family photo. Doolin family
Gabriella's body was found in a creek near Allen County-Scottsville High School just 25 minutes after her parents reported her missing the night of Nov. 14.
Gabriella's parents, who live in the Allen County town of Adolphus, lost her in a crowd as they were attending a peewee football game at the high school. After a stadium official announced Gabriella's name three times, the stadium was locked down, and a search began.
IMAGE: Timothy Wayne Madden
Timothy Wayne Madden in a sheriff's office mugshot. Barren County, Kentucky, Detention Center
The cause of death hasn't been made public. An arrest warrant said "biological evidence" — that is, DNA — found on Gabriella's body led police to Madden.
Madden said nothing beyond acknowledging that he was aware of the charges at Monday's arraignment. Friday, he insisted "I'm innocent" as state police escorted him to a squad car in handcuffs.
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Capt. John Clark, commander of the Kentucky State Police post in Bowling Green, told reporters Friday the case has been hard on officers.
"It's not been an easy investigation on any of them," Clark said. "It's very taxing, but I am simply proud to be associated with them."
An online memorial fund for Gabriella had raised more than $44,000 by Monday afternoon.
A man arrested in a murder that has rocked a rural Kentucky community insists he has nothing to do with 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin's death — and says police arrested him because they found blood on his clothing.
"I'm innocent," said Timothy Madden, 38, on Friday, according to NBC affiliate WAVE, as Kentucky State Police escorted him to a squad car in handcuffs.
Gabriella got separated from her parents while watching a peewee football game at Allen County High School in Scottsville, near the Tennessee border, last Saturday night. Her parents immediately reported her missing, and after just 25 frantic minutes of searching, the girl's body was found in a nearby creek.
Kentucky State Police announced Friday they had arrested 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville in Gabriella Doolin's death, which was ruled a homicide earlier this week. Doug Druschke / WAVE 3
Madden, also of Scottsville, has been charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy and first-degree murder, police said. According to an arrest warrant, Gabriella — who went by Gabbi — died of manual strangulation and drowning.
A homicide investigation has been launched into the death of a seven-year-old girl, Gabriella Doolin , whose body was discovered in a creek just 25 minutes after her mother reported her missing. WSMV
In a jailhouse interview Friday evening with FOX affiliate WDRB in Louisville, Madden said he had turned his clothing over to police, who discovered blood on them.
"They did mention I had blood on my clothes or something, but because I rubbed against a fence — like I said, rubbed against a trash can. That's the only thing I know where I'd get blood from, but it wasn't me," he said.
He called himself a family friend of the Doolins, and said he and his own daughter had been at the football game that Gabriella went missing from, watching his son play.
Madden said he has been friends with Gabriella's father since he was in school, and said his daughter did cheerleading with Gabriella.
He maintained his innocence.
"I know it wasn't me. And my family knows it ain't me," he told WDRB.
Scottsville, a quiet town of about 5,000, was still adorned with pink ribbons and balloons and signs that said "Justice for Gabbi" a week after her death, reported The Associated Press.
Townspeople told WAVE the murder sent shock waves through their community.
"I think our security, feeling safe, is gone," said Sheila Jones, a local florist who prepared many of the pink ribbons in Gabriella's memory.
Madden has an arraignment scheduled for Monday afternoon in Allen District Court in Scottsville, according to the AP.
Gabriella's father, Brian Doolin, expressed anger at his daughter's suspected killer on Facebook on Friday.
“My demons though quiet, are never quite silent. Calm as they may be they wait patiently for a reason to wake, take an overdue breath, and crawl back to my ear.”