Latest: Not guilty plea entered for man in child's death

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Posted: Nov 23, 2015 5:59 PM

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The latest in the case of the slaying of a 7-year-old Kentucky girl:

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The man accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Kentucky girl has pleaded not guilty.

Gabriella Doolin's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges against 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville on Monday. Allen County District Judge Martha Blair Harrison's voice appeared to shake with emotion as she read the counts: murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

The child's family sat in the second row of the courtroom and Madden's family members sat near the back. Neither family commented afterward.

Madden is being held on $1 million full cash bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 2.

Madden wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was bound at the hands and feet. His attorney, Travis Lock, said it was too early in the case to discuss any evidence.

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This item has been corrected to reflect that the child's name is Gabriella Doolin, not Amy Gabriella Doolin.

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3 p.m.

A former construction worker charged with murder in the slaying of a 7-year-old Kentucky girl is about to be arraigned.

Court records show 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville was due in court Monday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police arrested Madden on Friday, six days after Gabriella Doolin disappeared during a youth football game. She was found dead in a creek less than a half-hour later.

Madden has been charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Gabriella was at the game Nov. 14 to cheer on her brother. The arrest warrant said she died of manual strangulation and drowning.

Linda King is Madden's mother-in-law. She said Monday that Madden has five children of his own and is not capable of killing someone else's.

King says her son-in-law is a devoted family man.