Goodrum Receives Potentially Good News

By Jon Hardison | 

The man accused of raping, sodomizing, and murdering WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room last May heard some potentially good news in court Monday.

Attorneys for Lucas Goodrum told Special Judge Tom Castlen that a new DNA test says a female hair sample taken from Goodrum's apartment is not that of Katie Autry, and is not related to the case.

Goodrum was in court for a pretrial status hearing, before he heads to trial in March 2005. Goodrum faces the death penalty in a trial that's expected to include the testimony of co-defendant Stephen Soules. Soules plead guilty, and has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

"Only thing it leads me to believe is what I've said from day one and that is Lucas is innocent. The test results that keep coming back keep confirming that Lucas is innocent," said Donna Dugas, Goodrum's mother.

Autry's family has repeatedly said no matter what the test results, they believe Goodrum is guilty, and should face prosecution.