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Suspect in Florence murder maintains innocence

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A man who is accused of murdering a Fort Mitchell mother spoke to the media on Wednesday and denied the allegations against him.

David Dooley's attorney Eric Deters called his client's decision to speak out "unprecedented".

"If you're guilty you shut up and see if they can prove it or you fall on your sword and ask for mercy," Eric Deters argued in support of his client's innocence.

Dooley is charged with murdering Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fischer Scientific in Florence in May.

A hearing was held Wednesday morning in Boone County to determine if Dooley would be allowed to talk to the media. The judge decided it was OK, but left it up to Dooley to gain the approval of the jail and arrange for the interviews.  No cameras were allowed in the jail.

Dooley said he was not allowed to talk about the facts of the case. When asked if he murdered Mockbee, he said, "No, I didn't." He said he and another person were the ones who discovered Mockbee's body.

Dooley said he left work that morning for a short time and then came back. He was employed as a janitor at the company, while Mockbee worked in human resources. Dooley said he would see Mockbee once every two to three weeks while he was cleaning. He said there was never any animosity between them.

After Dooley was first interviewed by police, he said he thought he had been cleared as a suspect. But then he had heard that investigators were asking those who know him questions about his character, and he knew that he was still being considered as a suspect. He said people have been saying that he's violent and a sexual predator, and that's not true.

He said he wants the public to know that he is innocent and he will prove it.

"Either my client is innocent or he is some pathological liar," Eric Deters told reporters Wednesday.

FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen is not convinced speaking out will help Dooley's case.

"I think the only way it could be a benefit is if it would some way taint the jury pool and garner sympathy for him," Allen said.

Allen pointed out every word that Dooley uttered can be used against him by the prosecution.

"Every criminal defense lawyer instructs his client ‘do not speak to the media'," Allen explained. "No offense, but lawyers need to control what comes out of their client's mouth, especially in murder cases."

FOX19 reached out to the Mockbee family for comment. They did not want to go on camera but say they believe the truth will come out and that they just want justice for Michelle.

Dooley is expected back in court on Dec. 12.

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