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Michelle Mockbee murder case: trial date set, new information about her death released

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FLORENCE, Ky. - A trial date has been set in the case against the Northern Kentucky janitor accused of killing his co-worker.

David Dooley is charged with murdering Michelle Mockbee at Thermo-Fischer Scientific in May as well as kidnapping, and tampering with physical evidence in the case. Dooley was a janitor at the Florence business and worked with 42-year-old Mockbee.

Dooley appeared in a Boone County court room Thursday for a pre-trial conference. His attorney, Eric Deters, argued for the 38-year-old's bond to be reduced. His second request was denied by a judge last week.

Deters is arguing there is no evidence Dooley killed the mother of two.

9 News obtained Dooley's third motion for bond reduction. The documents reveal new information about how Mockbee died, claiming she suffered deep lacerations to her wrists, and blunt force trauma to her head. The documents say a shoe print was found on her back.

An employee found Mockbee dead at Thermo-Fischer Scientific in May, and officials arrested Dooley in the case in September. Authorities have not yet released details about what led to Mockbee's death.

Dooley's wife, Janet, is claiming her husband's innocence. She sat in the front row of the court room Thursday.

"Nobody knows what it's like to sit at home and wait and get a phone call, and get to see your husband 45 minutes a week through a glass window. And you know what, Michelle's family don't get to see her at all, so I can only imagine how they feel. But right now, I can't worry about that anymore. I've got to fight for a man that's innocent, and I'm going to," she said.

Mockbee's friends and family were also in court Thursday. They vowed to be at every court hearing, wearing red ribbons in her memory. They also placed red ribbons around trees outside the Boone County court house.

Dooley appeared before a Boone County judge Dec. 12 and his attorney, Eric Deters argued for Dooley to be released on bond. Deters says the prosecution has no evidence or basis to charge Dooley, who is being held at the Boone County Jail on $500,000 bond.

In November, a judge denied Dooley's first request to have his bond lowered.

A judge scheduled a jury trial for August 19. Another pre-trial conference was scheduled for January 30.

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