Man accused of raping, murdering 7-year-old girl pleads guilty

Man accused of raping, murdering 7-year-old girl pleads guilty
Timothy Madden was charged with the rape, kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin. (Source: Christian County Detention Center)

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The Scottsville man charged with raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in 2015 has pleaded guilty to her murder and kidnapping and entered an alford plea for rape and sodomy.

An alford plea is a plea “under which a defendant may choose to plead guilty, not because of an admission to the crime, but because the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to place a charge and to obtain conviction in court.”

Timothy Madden appeared in Allen Circuit Court Saturday before Judge Janet Crocker, where he made his change in plea.

Gabbi Doolin was killed on November 14, 2015 at a youth football game on the campus of Allen County-Scottsville High School after being reported missing for only thirty minutes. Doolin was found in a creek near the football field by police.

Madden was arrested a week later after police confirmed DNA at the crime scene.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 24 and 25.

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