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Dooley Convicted Again of Murder of Michelle Mockbee

David Dooley was convicted again Wednesday in the 2012 slaying of Michelle Mockbee at a Boone County workplace.

Dooley, 45, of Burlington was found guilty by a Boone County jury of murder and tampering with physical evidence. The jury deliberated for more than six hours.

In a news release from Attorney General Andy Beshear's office, prosecutors said that they believed that Mockbee may have surprised Dooley as he was breaking into her office on the morning of May 29, 2012, just before she was killed.

Prosecutors argued that Dooley killed Mockbee, a coworker, after she discovered that he had been falsifying time cards and was stealing from Thermo Fisher Scientific. Mockbee, of Ft. Mitchell, was in charge of payroll at the company and Dooley worked as a janitor there.

Dooley was first convicted in 2014, but two years later it was discovered that a video of an unknown man walking around the warehouse less than twelve hours before Mockbee was killed - and the complete personnel file of one of the lead detectives had not been provided in discovery by the original prosecutor, former Boone County Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith. It was later learned that Smith had an extramarital with the lead detective, Bruce McVay. She lost her reelection bid last November.

The conviction was vacated and a new trial was ordered.

The attorney general's special prosecutions office handled the case this time.

“Justice demands a fair trial process,” said Beshear. “Through this retrial, Mr. Dooley received a fair trial and was convicted. Justice has now been served.”

The jury recommended a sentence of 38 years in prison.

-Staff report

Photo: David Dooley (via Boone County Detention Center)