Timothy Madden

Lisa Autry

After nearly four years of turmoil, the family of Gabbi Doolin now has some measure of closure. 

Timothy Madden, who admitted to brutally killing seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin, was sentenced on Wednesday following an emotional day of testimony and a courtroom outburst. 

Amy Doolin described her only daughter Gabbi as her heart and soul, and sobbed her way through a victim impactment statement that she waited to make since November 14, 2015.  That’s when Gabbi’s body was found behind Allen County-Scottsville High School only minutes after she went missing from her brother’s football game.


Lisa Autry

The Allen County man charged in the heinous death of a seven-year-old girl will avoid going on trial.

In a rare Saturday court hearing, Timothy Madden accepted a plea deal offered by Commonwealth's Attorney Corey Morgan. 

"We had discussions with the family and everybody agreed it would be best to have closure and to save them from years of appeals and having to relive this," Morgan explained.

The 42-year-old Madden pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder while entering Alford pleas to charges of rape and sodomy.  In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt, but admits there's enough evidence to likely result in a conviction.

Lisa Autry

The Allen County man charged in the murder of a seven-year-old girl nearly four years ago is now less than a month away from going on trial. 

Timothy Madden was in court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing. 

After multiple delays, the case is on schedule to go to trial on September 4. 


Lisa Autry

A judge has denied a motion to exclude the death penalty against the man accused in the brutal death of a young Allen County girl. 

Timothy Madden returned to Allen Circuit Court on Friday for a pre-trial hearing.  Madden is charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin in 2015. 

Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker ruled that Madden would remain eligible for a death sentence if he is convicted.  Doolin’s cousin Lori Wilson said the family feels that if there’s ever been a case that warranted the death penalty, it’s this one.

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This week’s election has produced a shakeup in a capital murder case in south central Kentucky. 

Nearly three years after a young Allen County girl was brutally murdered, a new prosecutor is joining the case. 

Clint Willis, the commonwealth’s attorney for Allen and Simpson counties, was defeated in Tuesday’s election by Franklin lawyer Corey Morgan. 

Willis built the case against Timothy Madden after he was charged in the November 14, 2015 death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin.

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The family of a young Scottsville girl murdered nearly three years ago may see the case go to trial next fall. 

A new trial date was set on Tuesday in the capital murder case against Timothy Madden who is charged in the death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin. 

Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker set a September 4 trial date for Madden who is charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and murder. 

Lisa Autry

A capital murder case in Allen County is facing more delays now that the defendant has a new attorney. 

Timothy Madden, who is charged with kidnapping, raping, sodomizing, and murdering seven year-old Gabbi Doolin, returned to court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing. 

His newly appointed public defender Tom Griffiths told the judge that he had not received any files in the case from Madden’s former attorney Travis Lock.

Christian County Detention Center

The Allen County man charged in the brutal death of a young girl nearly three years ago was in court Tuesday afternoon with his lawyer for the last time.  Timothy Madden’s defense attorney was disqualified from the case in May.

The 41-year-old Madden has been declared indigent and in need of state funds to prepare his death penalty case for trial.  Attorney Travis Lock has been representing Madden pro bono for more than a year, but the defendant and his family can no longer afford to hire expert witnesses who would, among other things, conduct psychological evaluations of the defendant. 

Christian County Detention Center

The judge presiding over the case of an Allen County man charged in the 2015 murder of a young girl has dismissed his defense lawyer from the case. 

At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Attorney Travis Lock requested that his client Timothy Madden be declared indigent, and therefore, entitled to money from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Lock has been representing Madden pro bono for a year, but he argued the state funds were needed to hire expert witnesses. 

Christian County Detention Center

A new trial date has been set for the Allen County man charged in the brutal death of a young girl more than two years ago.  Timothy Madden returned to court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing. 

The capital murder case against the 40-year-old Madden will now go to trial on July 23.  Madden's Attorney Travis Lock questioned whether he could be ready to present his case by then.  The defense attorney said he’s still working to collect mitigation evidence in the event that Madden is found guilty.

Lisa Autry

The man charged with killing a young girl from south central Kentucky will have to wait longer for his day in court.  A judge has granted a defense motion to delay the trial of Timothy Madden.

During a pre-trial hearing this morning, Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker said this is the most important case she’ll ever preside over and all parties need to be prepared.

Madden’s trial was originally scheduled to start February 26, but his attorney, Travis Lock, argued that he needed more time to review evidence submitted by the prosecution.

Madden is charged in the 2015 death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin of Scottsville.  He has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

Christian County Detention Center

A new poll suggests that a man charged in the brutal death of a young Scottsville girl can’t get a fair trial in Allen or adjacent counties. 

A random sample of residents in Warren, Barren, Simpson, Monroe, and Christian counties was taken to gauge their knowledge and opinions about the case of Timothy Madden.  He’s charged in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin in 2015. 

Fifty-six percent of respondents in Warren County felt Madden was guilty of the crime and nearly 50 percent had the same opinion in Barren and Simpson counties.  Farther away in Christian County, just 11 percent of those polled thought Madden was guilty. 

Lisa Autry

A trial date has been set for the Allen County man charged in the brutal death of a young girl nearly two years ago. 

Timothy Madden was in court Thursday for a pre-trial conference where the judge also ruled on a change of venue request. 

Timothy Madden will stand trial February 26, 2018 in the death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin.  Her body was found in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School in November 2015.  The child had been sexually assaulted, suffocated, and drowned.

Lisa Autry

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."

Lisa Autry

The parents of a young Scottsville girl murdered in 2015 are keeping her memory alive by helping students pay for college. 

The Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship Fund was announced Thursday at Allen County-Scottsville High School.  Gabbi was a second-grade student at the Allen County Primary Center when she was killed.  Amy Doolin says her seven-year-old daughter wanted to be a teacher.

"I believe she would have done great at that.  She was very smart.  She loved to read and even do homework," Doolin told WKU Public Radio.  "I believe she would have went to college one day.  We want to give some other child that opportunity to further their education and do it in her memory."

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