Janitor charged with Florence murder appears in court

Pre-trial court date set for November

BURLINGTON, Ky. - A janitor accused of killing a Fort Mitchell woman appeared in a Northern Kentucky courtroom Wednesday.

David Dooley is charged with murdering 42-year-old Michelle Mockbee inside Thermo-Fischer Scientific in May. Dooley, 38, is charged with murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence in the case. During his Wednesday court hearing, a pre-trial court date was set for Nov. 14.

Boone County Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith says when a defendant faces a combination of murder and kidnapping charges it can result in a possible death penalty case. Under Kentucky law, Smith says an aggregated murder charge and mitigated circumstances must be further reviewed and more evidence would have to be collected.

No decision has been made to pursue the death penalty at this time.

Mockbee, a Fort Mitchell resident, had been employed at the company for 16 years. Dooley provided janitorial services at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Mockbee's family said the mother talked a lot at work with Dooley's wife. The family said the two were what "you could call friends."

Dooley was arrested in the case last week. Police say he's had run-ins with the law that date as far back as 1994.

Authorities haven't commented on a motive, or how Mockbee died.

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