Goodrum Jury Says Not Enough Evidence

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Lucas Goodrum has been a free man for more than 24 hours, but most of South Central Kentucky is still talking about the not guilty verdict that set him free.

One of the crucial questions to come from his acquittal is what swayed the jury to make their decision.

At least two jurors said they aren't completely convinced that Goodrum is innocent, but they never saw enough proof from the prosecution to believe beyond a reasonable doubt that he was in Katie Autry's room the night she was set on fire.

From the beginning of this case, Goodrum's defense told anyone that would listen that there was no physical proof in this case linking Goodrum to the crime scene.

After a series of DNA tests by three different labs, the prosecution couldn't put up any test results that proved otherwise.

Goodrum's defense hammered that point home from day one of this trial, and also questioned the credibility of co-defendant Stephen Soules, who says Goodrum masterminded the crime.

Lead prosecutor Chris Cohron said he is confident he put on the best case that he could.

"We've spent a great deal of time with him. He's never wavered about Mr. Goodrum's participation in this. He had no incentive to include Goodrum in this, as we always have, we believe Mr. Soules," Cohron said.

"We presented every fact to the jury that we had at our disposal. We've worked on this case basically non-stop for the last two years. We played every card we had," Cohron said.

As you might expect, defense attorney David Broderick saw serious holes in the state's case.

"After they got a statement from one person, they didn't investigate alibis, they didn't investigate physical evidence, obviously it made a difference in the case, they could have done other things," Broderick said.


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