Goodrum/Soules Trial at Least One-Year Away

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The trial timeline for the two men accused of murdering WKU freshman Katie Autry has been extended through next summer. Prosecutors and defense attorneys concur that Stephen Soules, who will be tried first, will not face a jury until at least August of 2004. That means Lucas Goodrum will more than likely not go to trial until January of 2005.

Soules and his family decided to terminate their relationship with Zach Kafoglis, Soules' attorney since the murder and rape charges were filed in May. Kafoglis says Soules and his family are unable to afford the expert witnesses and tests needed for an adequate defense, expenses that the public defender's office could cover if it took control of the defense team. Judge Tom Lewis appointed the Public Defender's office to the case today.

Goodrum's attorney, David Broderick asked Judge Tom Lewis to set bond for his client, arguing that 1.5 years was too long to keep his client locked up before trial. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Michael Pearson disagreed, and Judge Lewis is expected to make a decision on the bond issue within the next couple of weeks.


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