The trial date has been set for the Kentucky man accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing a 7-year-old girl in Allen County.
On Thursday, the judge scheduled Timothy Madden's trial date for 9 a.m. on February 26, 2018.
The venue for the trial was still being determined. Madden’s lawyer has asked for it to be moved.
Madden has been held in the Barren County Jail following the death of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin in Scottsville.
Madden’s arrest came six days after Gabbi disappeared during a football game and was found dead less than a half-hour later in a creek on November 14, 2015. The arrest warrant said she died of manual strangulation and drowning.
The police citation in the case said Madden's DNA collected during the investigation matched that recovered from the child during the autopsy.
Gabbi was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. that day by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School in South-Central Kentucky. Her body was found about 25 minutes later in a creek in a wooded area behind the school.
The girl was playing with other children during the game, and the creek where her body was found was just a few hundred yards from the football field.
Madden has been charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape, and first-degree sodomy.