Man indicted in woman's death at Florence business

FLORENCE, Ky. - A Boone County grand jury formally indicted a man for murder in the death woman at a Florence business.

On Sept. 27, police arrested and charged David Dooley, 38, for allegedly killing Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher Scientific last May, where officials say he worked as a janitor. He was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with Mockbee's death.

On Tuesday, Dooley was indicted for the original charges and a kidnapping charge was added by the jury.

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. There is no time frame on when that decision will be made.

Authorities have not discussed a motive for the killing at this time.

Dooley has had run-ins with the law in the past that dates back as far as 1994.

Dooley was sentenced to prison in 1994 for burglary and theft by deception in Campbell County. Dooley was paroled one year later, but was back behind bars in 1996 for receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun. He was paroled again in 1999.

It will be announced next week when Dooley will be arraigned.

Mockbee was a mother of two and an employee of Thermo Fisher Scientific for 16 years. The company is a distribution center of laboratory equipment.

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