- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A south-central Kentucky man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from a youth football game.

Timothy Madden of Scottsville appeared in court Wednesday on charges of murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. He is charged in the death of Gabriella Doolin, who disappeared Nov. 14 while attending a game to cheer on her brother. She was found dead less than a half-hour later in a creek.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Clint Willis said the judge set a March 31 deadline to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Media outlets reported that defense lawyer Travis Lock asked prosecutors to provide evidence to him. A status conference is July 13.

Lock says he’ll decide after viewing the evidence whether to request a change of venue.

Madden is being held in jail without bond.

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