With a trial set to begin in March, time may be running out for the prosecution to find physical evidence placing Lucas Goodrum at the scene of the crime. Goodrum, is one of the men accused of raping and killing WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room in May 2003.
Autry's family has repeatedly said no matter what the test results say, they still believe Goodrum is guilty. Autry's aunt, Virginia White, told WBKO the family is disappointed with these results. "It would've been nice to have had a match but I don't see a change. We still have faith in the prosecution and we still have Stephen Soules." Co-defendant Stephen Soules, who pleaded guilty in March, is expected to testify against Goodrum at trial.
In response to the tests, Goodrum's mother Donna Dugas issued the following statement Tuesday, "The DNA results confirm what we knew all along, that Lucas is innocent. There is no evidence that connects our son to this horrible crime. There is no way he could have been in Katie Autry's dorm room and not left some kind of evidence, and there is none, the DNA proves that."
Goodrum's defense attorney, David Broderick, has filed another motion for a pretrial release. He's also requested documentation concerning the evidence-collection methods of police investigators at the crime scene. In a final motion, Broderick asked for permission to videotape Goodrum's jail cell in an effort to question the testimony of three Warren County Jail inmates who claim Goodrum admitted his involvement in Autry's murder.
Goodrum now faces a trial date of March 1st. He's scheduled to appear in court again Monday for a pretrial conference.