Goodrum Accused of Assault Prior to Autry's Murder

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Scottsville Police say Lucas Goodrum is accused of assaulting a juvenile female just hours before a violent attack on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Just before 11 p.m. on the night of May 3, Scottsville Police received a call from Lucas Goodrum's 17-year-old girlfriend. According to Scottsville Police officer Adam Morgan, the girl had visible red marks on her face, arm and shoulders.

An incident report states, "The girl claimed Lucas Goodrum struck her in the face twice, hit her left arm with her cell phone and held her down in her car and would not let her leave."

Officer Morgan maintains the juvenile called police and Goodrum fled the scene. Authorities in Allen and Simpson Counties were alerted to be on the lookout for Goodrum, however no one could find the 21-year-old Scottsville native.

Five hours after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, authorities responded to a fire in Hugh Poland Hall. Police say an eyewitness saw Lucas Goodrum rape, beat and set on fire the body of Melissa K. Autry.

Warren Commonwealth's Attorney's Office will be prosecuting Goodrum. When asked if prosecutors would seek the death penalty in this case, First Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Pearson responded by saying, "We have not yet made that determination, but there are certainly elements of the case which make it a serious consideration." NewsCenter 13 did contact Goodrum's newly hired attorney David Broderick, he did not return our calls.