The family of the man accused of the rape and murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry has set up a new Website designed, they say, to seek public support for their case.
Lucas Goodrum is charged with the rape and murder of Autry in her dorm room last May, and is set to stand trial beginning July 30. The website www.lucasisinnocent.com includes a full-page open letter and a video interview with Goodrum's mother, Donna Dugas.
"We know that Lucas is innocent. He has said the same thing from the beginning that he had nothing to do with this, and we believe him," Dugas says.
"This website is out there for anybody that is out there to help us bring the person who did this to justice. For us as a family, for the Autry family, we want the truth," says Dugas.
"I don't want that family's sympathy," Virginia White, Autry's aunt, says.
"Just the same as she doesn't want to believe he's guilty, she needs to realize that he might be, or she's setting herself up for a major, major, major heartbreak."
White says she was under the assumption that the families were prohibited from speaking out publicly under the terms of a gag order issued by Special Judge Tom Castlen. Castlen told WBKO the order is meant to keep attorneys in the case from talking to the media, but does not extend to families, though he said he was unaware of the website.
"We want to be his voice because we want all the help that we can possibly get to help clear Lucas," Dugas says in her interview.
"As a mother, you don't want to admit or even think that it's possible that your child would be capable of doing something like this, what he's being charged with," White says. "I understand that she doesn't want to admit that her son may have possibly done this, but somebody did it, and he's the one who's been arrested for it, so we'll see, I guess, in July."