The trial date has been set for the man accused of raping and killing a 7-year-old in Allen County, Kentucky.
During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, court officials set the trial date for Timothy Madden for September 4, 2019.
Gabbi Doolin was found dead in a creek near Allen County-Scottsville High School in Kentucky nearly three years ago. She was attending a football game with her parents when she disappeared.
The arrest warrant said she died of manual strangulation and drowning.
Madden was arrested days later. Investigators said his DNA ties him to the crime.
Since then, there has been a lengthy court process. A trial date was initially set for February 2018, but it kept getting pushed back.
A change of venue was granted in the case. A judge later disqualified Madden's private attorney and a public defender was assigned to the case instead. That starts the process all over.
Prosecutors said they will be seeking the death penalty in this case. Madden faces charges of murder, rape, and kidnapping.