David Dooley's retrial in Michelle Mockbee homicide case to start Monday

Posted at 4:23 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 16:23:59-05

BURLINGTON, Ky. — Jury selection for David Dooley's murder retrial for the death of Michelle Mockbee is set to start Monday.

A jury convicted Dooley in 2014 of killing Mockbee, his co-worker. Her body was found in May 2012 inside the Thermo Fisher Scientific building in Boone County.

However, Dooley asked for a retrial when his defense team discovered the commonwealth's attorney's office hadn't handed over a piece of surveillance video that showed an unidentified man on the property the night before Mockbee's death.

Former Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith denied that her office intentionally failed to share the video with Dooley's defense team.

Since the trial, it also came out that Linda Tally Smith had an affair with Boone County Detective Bruce McVay. He has since retired.

Dooley was entitled to know about the surveillance video, Judge James Schrand ruled in May of 2017. He ordered that Dooley get a retrial in the case.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office is handling prosecution for the retrial.

Dooley is now also charged in a second criminal case. He's accused of making child pornography in 2012.

That case was filed last August, though Dooley's defense team said in court filings that it was investigated in 2014 and resulted in no charges then. They're accusing prosecutors of "vindictive" prosecution.

Dooley is due in court for that case in March, after the murder retrial is finished.v