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Dooley convicted of murder in killing of Michelle Mockbee, sentenced to a total of 43 years in prison

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Michelle Mockbee was killed at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boone County almost seven years ago. Michelle Mockbee, a Fort Mitchell mother of two, was killed at the Thermo Fisher Scientific plant where she worked in May, 2012. David Dooley, who worked as an outside contractor at the facility, was convicted of murder in the killing Wednesday and sentence to up...

David Dooley convicted of murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2012

NKyTribune staff A jury has found David Dooley guilty of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher Scientific. David Dooley and his defense team showed little reaction to the jury’s guilty verdict Tuesday. A jury convicted him of murder in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boone County (photos by Mark...

David Dooley’s fate is in the hands of the jury; charged with killing Michelle Mockbee in 2012

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor David Dooley’s fate is now in the hands of a Boone County jury. Boone Circuit Judge James R. Schrand delivered instructions to the jury following the conclusion of testimony in the David Dooley murder trial Tuesday (photo by Mark Hansel). Following rebuttal testimony from a few prosecution witnesses and a lunch break Tuesday, Boone Circuit Judge James R....

Defense witness in Dooley retrial disputes claim Michelle Mockbee was killed with a tape gun

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A defense expert Monday disputed the manner by which the prosecution claims a Ft. Mitchell mother of two was killed in 2012. Medical examiner Dr. Gregory Wanger testified on Feb. 25 that he believes an industrial tape gun was used to kill Michelle Mockbee. A defense expert disputed that testimony Monday (photo by Mark Hansel). The prosecution has maintained...

Commonwealth rests its case in Dooley retrial; Judge Schrand denies motion for a directed verdict

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Commonwealth rested its case in the David Dooley retrial Thursday, but not before the “random dude” made another video appearance. The Commonwealth rested its case in the retrial of David Dooley (left) Thursday. Dooley is accused of killing Michelle Mockbee at the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Boone County, where both worked, in 2012 (pool photo). Dooley...

McVay cross-examined in Dooley retrial; evidence of time card tampering presented as motive for killing

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor One of the most highly anticipated moments in the David Dooley retrial did not deliver the drama that many expected Wednesday. David Dooley, right, is partially obscured by the many folders containing documents that are expected to be used in his defense. Dooley is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee...

Former lead investigator Bruce McVay takes the stand in Dooley retrial, witness mentions first trial

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Another key element in the decision to grant David Dooley a new trial was seen in the courtroom Tuesday, in the person of former Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Bruce McVay. Former Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Bruce McVay prepares to testify Tuesday in the David Dooley retrial. Dooley is charged with murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher...

‘Random dude’ video that led to new trial for David Dooley shown in the courtroom Monday

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The evidence that allowed David Dooley to receive a new trial was played in court Monday, but did not appear to have much of an impact, yet. Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Brian Cochran, right, views a video showing a “random dude” on the grounds of Thermo Fisher Scientific hours before Michelle Mockbee was killed at the facility in May, 2012....

Eventful week two of Dooley trial in killing of Michelle Mockbee wraps up with coworker testimony

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Michelle Mockbee’s former coworkers testified in the David Dooley retrial Friday, capping off week two of proceedings in the nearly seven-year-old case. The week included testimony from the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Mockbee, the employee who discovered her body, and a forensic biologist from the Kentucky State Police forensic lab. Michelle...

Dooley trial resumes with testimony from Dan Mockbee and Thermo Fisher Scientific dock worker

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Testimony resumed in a Boone County courtroom Thursday in the David Dooley retrial, following a one-day break. Dan Mockbee, standing at right, answers questions from Assistant Attorney General Jon Heck. Mockbee’s wife Michelle Mockbee was killed at the Thermo Fisher Scientific plant where she worked in Boone County in 2012 (photo by Mark Hansel). Dooley...

Medical examiner testifies at Dooley retrial that he believes tape gun caused fatal injuries to Mockbee

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Testimony resumed in the David Dooley murder retrial Monday and the medical examiner who conducted Michelle Mockbee’s autopsy provided some key insights into the manner of her death. David Dooley waits for trial to resume Monday. He is charged with murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Florence (photos by Mark Hansel, click...

Week one of Dooley retrial includes jury selection, opening statements, introduction of evidence

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The first week of testimony in the David Dooley retrial concluded Friday with testimony from several law enforcement officers who participated in the investigation. David Dooley (center) with defense attorneys Deanna Dennison and Jeff Lawson prior to the beginning of Friday’s testimony (photo by Mark Hansel). Dooley is charged with murder in the May 29,...

Day two of witness testimony in Dooley murder trial not as compelling, still provides important details

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Some days, the proceedings in a murder trial can be riveting. Assistant Attorney General Jon Heck (left) continued his questioning of Det. Brian Cochran Wednesday (photos by Mark Hansel). That was certainly the case Wednesday, as prosecutors and defense attorneys gave opening statements in the David Dooley murder trial for the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. Mockbee...

Attorneys in Dooley murder trial present two very different theories of the crime in opening statements

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The David Dooley retrial got underway in earnest Wednesday, in the courtroom of Circuit Judge James R. Schrand, with opening statements and testimony from the Commonwealth’s first witnesses. In his opening statement Assistant Attorney General Jon Heck said David Dooley bludgeoned Michelle Mockbee to death, possibly to cover up falsifying time cards (pool...

Dooley jury is seated as attorneys hint at strategy during questioning; opening statements this morning

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A tragic saga that began almost seven years ago may now be entering its final chapter. After two days of questioning a jury has been seated in the David Dooley retrial. Dooley is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. Mockbee, a Fort Mitchell mother of two, was bludgeoned to death shortly after arriving...