Boone County Sheriff's Office
(Florence, Ky.) - The janitor accused of murdering a woman in their Florence workplace was in court Wednesday.
David Dooley, 38, of Burlington, is charged with Murder, Kidnapping, and Tampering with Physical Evidence concerning the slaying of Michelle Mockbee.
Mockbee, 43, was found dead at Thermo Fisher Scientific on Empire Drive last May. She worked there in human resources department.
In court, the Boone Circuit Court judge set Dooley’s pretrial date for November 14. Kentucky law allows murder convictions to become death penalty eligible if it is ties to a conviction on kidnapping. Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty for Dooley.
Dooley’s defense attorney said his client maintains his innocence. They also requested Dooley’s bond be reduced from $500,000.
Investigators have yet to say anything about a possible motive for Mockbee’s murder.
Relatives for both the victim and the accused spoke to reporters after the court hearing. They each said that Mockbee and Dooley’s wife, who also worked as a janitor at Thermo Fisher Scientific, were friends.