- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The defense attorney for an ex-construction worker charged with kidnapping and killing a girl in a small Kentucky town is trying to track down surveillance video that might show his client before and after the 7-year-old’s death, he said Wednesday.

Timothy Madden is charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in the death of Gabriella Doolin last month. The child disappeared during a youth football game she was attending on Nov. 14 to cheer on her brother. She was found dead less than a half-hour later in a creek.

Madden, who pleaded not guilty last month, was back in court Wednesday for a brief hearing. A preliminary hearing that had been scheduled Wednesday was postponed until Dec. 14.

Defense attorney Travis Lock said he requested the delay after receiving details about a lab report shortly before the hearing. The report included information about DNA evidence, Lock told reporters afterward. He said he needed more time to review the information.

The police citation in the case has said Madden’s DNA collected during the investigation matched that recovered from the child during the autopsy.

During the brief court hearing Wednesday, Lock said he had served two subpoenas to obtain video records as part of his case.

“It’s my understanding that some video does exist that may show Mr. Madden on the date in question,” he told reporters after the hearing.

Lock told media he was seeking surveillance video from businesses in Scottsville, a town of about 5,000 near the Tennessee state line.

Lock said he subpoenaed two convenience stores to see surveillance video. Lock said it’s his understanding that his client was at one of the stores before the football game and at the other store after the game.

“Obviously any time there’s audio or video recordings that are made in close proximity to the time of the alleged crime, then those … recordings are going to be critical pieces of evidence,” he told reporters.

Lock acknowledged it’s possible Madden might be indicted by a grand jury on the charges before the rescheduled preliminary hearing occurs.

He said he had not decided whether to ask that the trial be moved elsewhere, but said a change of venue motion “is a tool that we have if necessary.”

The girl’s death and the arrest of a local resident stunned people in this south-central Kentucky town. On the day of the child’s funeral, residents lined the streets holding pink and blue balloons that were released as the hearse carrying her body drove by.

Pink ribbons are still on display outside the judicial center and elsewhere in Scottsville in memory of Gabriella, who was called Gabbi.

She died of manual strangulation and drowning, according to Madden’s arrest warrant.

At Wednesday’s hearing, the child’s family sat on one side of the courtroom while Madden’s family members were on the opposite side. Security was beefed up. Madden wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was bound at the hands and feet. The father of five did not speak during the hearing.

Madden’s bond is set at $1 million. He has proclaimed his innocence, as has his mother-in-law, in news media interviews.

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