David Dooley granted new trial in 2012 murder

David Dooley granted new trial in 2012 murder
Michelle Mockbee (Provided)
Michelle Mockbee (Provided)

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A high profile murder case in northern Kentucky will return to court this summer.

David Dooley, 43, was convicted of murdering Michelle Mockbee, 42, his co-worker at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Florence in 2012. Now his defense argues critical video evidence was purposefully withheld from the trial.

Mockbee was found beaten to death inside the industrial park workplace.

A jury found Dooley guilty in 2014. Dooley, however, has maintained his innocence since the conviction.

His attorneys have cited a lack of physical evidence linking him to the crime scene.

A Boone County Circuit Court judge ordered the new trial on Friday. The first hearing will happen in June.

Attorneys have also doubted the integrity of the investigation after a whistleblower revealed an alleged affair between the prosecutor and lead investigator in the case.

The allegations came to light after a court clerk found a thumb drive containing messages between Linda Talley Smith and Bruce McVay.

The clerk claimed the messages suggested at least one witness made untruthful statements before the jury.

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