Goodrum Bond Hearing Begins

By Jon Hardison | 

The judge in the Katie Autry murder case will soon decide whether or not defendant Lucas Goodrum should be released on bond.

Special Judge Tom Castlen has given prosecution and defense attorneys 10 days to file legal briefs as to why he should or shouldn't be allowed to review the denial of bond by a previous judge in the case.

Goodrum has been in jail since May of 2003, when he was arrested and accused of the rape and murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room on May 3, 2003.

Goodrum's trial had been set to begin on July 30, but the start date was pushed back to March 8, 2005 late last week after prosecutors told the judge they need more time to run DNA tests on 6 hair samples taken from Goodrum.

Goodrum's attorneys argue that because of the change in circumstances and the 8 month delay, their client should be entitled to a bond. Goodrum's mother testified she would be able to post a $1 million cash bond, and would agree to any kind of home incarceration for her son while awaiting trial. Goodrum's attorneys are asking the judge to grant home incarceration either at his mother's ranch in Texas, or at a relative's home in their native Allen County.

Legal briefs on the bond issue are due July 11, and Judge Castlen is expected to rule on the issue soon after.