Goodrum back in court with EPO

The man once accused of raping and killing a Western Kentucky University student will be back in court this week.

Lucas Goodrum will face a judge for an Emergency Protective Order a woman filed against him two weeks ago.

The protective order goes into effect immediately and requires Goodrum to stay at least 500 feet away from her at all times.

The woman fears for her life as Goodrum is expected into the area the night of April 23, 2007.

“He was firing gun shots in the background and he said he had a little surprise waiting for me and he’d see me in the morning,” the woman said.

The woman filing an EPO against Lucas Goodrum is newly engaged. She thinks that’s what set Goodrum off the night he threatened her life over the phone.

“I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’ve been around him for years, each day is different,” she said.

Simpson Circuit Court said this isn’t the first time Goodrum has been in court for a domestic issue. A domestic violence petition was filed by the same woman in 2000.

“We were fighting and he hit me in the throat with his thumb,” she said.

The woman filing the current EPO said she’s lucky Goodrum has been so highly publicized since being accused of killing WKU freshman, Katie Autry.

She said the media frenzy following Goodrum left her out of his focus, relieving some of her fear temporarily. Now she wants her domestic problems with Goodrum vocalized.

“I don’t want him to do it to anyone else and I definitely don’t want him to do it to me,” she said.

The woman filing the EPO against Goodrum thinks if she takes a public stand against threats made to her, Goodrum will leave her alone.

To view the protective order filed against Goodrum two weeks ago, click here and to view the Domestic Violence Petition filed at that time, click here. To view the Domestic Violence Petition filed in 2000, click here and to view the Domestic Violence Order filed at that time in 2000, click here.

Goodrum and the woman petitioning against him will be in court the morning of April 24, in Simpson County at 11 a.m.

If you need protection or assistance in filing an Emergency Protection Order, please call the Barren River Area Safe Space hotline at 1-800-928-1183.

And to learn more about awareness attitudes against violence against women and what men can do to stop violence against women, click here.