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Suspect in 7-year-old's murder could face death penalty

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Timothy Madden is escorted into court in handcuffs and shackles on Jan. 13, 2016. Timothy Madden is escorted into court in handcuffs and shackles on Jan. 13, 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of raping and killing a 7-year-old Allen County girl was in court Wednesday. 

Timothy Madden was formally arraigned in the death of Gabbi Doolin of Scottsville. Doolin disappeared from a football game at Allen County High School in November. Her body was found a short time later in the woods near the school. 

A not guilty plea was entered on Madden's behalf. 

"I am only aware of some DNA testing or remaining that's being done that is not to us ...the majority of it, we should be able to comply with any deadline the court sets," the prosecutor said during the arraignment. 

The courtroom was packed with family members on both sides.

Madden told WDRB in a jailhouse interview right after his arrest in November that he's innocent, despite DNA evidence pointing to him as a suspect.

His attorney, Travis Lock, says Madden maintains his innocence and remains upbeat. 

"He is as positive as can be would be the way I would describe him," Lock said. "Obviously I can't discussed my communications with him but nothing with Mr. Madden has changed."

Lock admits he has even taken some heat for representing Madden.

"This is a very high profile case and obviously, there is negative feedback and negative opinions in our community," Lock said.

Madden is being held at the Barren County jail on a $1 million full cash bond. Prosecutors are still deciding whether they will seek the death penalty in the case.  

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