Kentucky janitor again found guilty of murdering co-worker

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Boone County Circuit Court Judge J.R. Schrand followed the recommendation of the jury on Thursday in handing down the sentence to 45-year-old David Dooley.

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky janitor has been convicted a second time of killing a co-worker who prosecutors said discovered he had been falsifying time cards.

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said 45-year-old David Wayne Dooley of Burlington was convicted Wednesday of murder and evidence tampering. News outlets said jurors recommended a total sentence of 43 years. Sentencing is April 11.

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Prosecutors said Dooley killed Michelle Mockbee in 2012 after she found he was stealing from Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boone County. The attorney general’s office said Dooley worked there as a janitor, and Mockbee was in charge of payroll.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports Dooley maintained his innocence, and defense attorneys argued that prosecutors couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Dooley committed murder.

Dooley was given a new trial when a judge determined some evidence was withheld from defense attorneys.