Jury deliberating in David Dooley retrial

Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 17:49:43-04

BURLINGTON, Ky. — The defense rested its case and attorneys on both sides of David Dooley's murder retrial made their closing arguments Tuesday.

Dooley is accused of killing his coworker, Michelle Mockbee, at Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2012. He now waits for a verdict as the jury of four women and eight men deliberate the case.

Prosecutors said Dooley beat Mockbee to death at the warehouse near Florence after she discovered he was triple dipping time cards. They said he had to be the killer, because he was the only one who was at the warehouse when she was killed who left, and no murder weapon has ever been found.

During closing arguments, Assistant Attorney General Jon Heck said there are too many coincidences to ignore.

"This is a circumstantial case, but as with any circumstantial case, when you bring the constellation of evidence together, you can render your verdict," he said.

Dooley was previously convicted in 2014, but that was thrown out after the defense team said they had never received video evidence.

The defense said there were plenty of other people with opportunity and motive to kill Mockbee, but they weren't fully investigated.

Defense attorney Deanna Dennison said the evidence doesn't connect Dooley to Mockbee's death.

"It's not a question of, 'Did he maybe do it, did he probably do it, could he have done it, by process of elimination did he do it?' That's not the standard," she said. "The standard is reasonable doubt, and they did not show it."

The jury will continue deliberating Wednesday.