Goodrum's Attorney Wants Change of Venue

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Lucas Goodrum's defense attorney is asking the judge in Goodrum's murder trial to move the case out of Warren County, and away from the South Central Kentucky area.

The change of venue request came amidst a flurry of 18 motions filed in Warren Circuit Court Tuesday.

In the motion, defense attorney David Broderick says the intense pre-trial media coverage coupled with the results of a public survey conducted by the defense show it would be impossible to seat an impartial jury panel in Warren County or surrounding counties.

Broderick's survey says 97% of respondents were familiar with the case, and more than 60% say they have followed it closely.

Goodrum is accused of raping and murdering WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room on May 3, 2003.

Goodrum's capital murder trial was set to begin March 1st in Warren Circuit Court, presided over by special Judge Tom Castlen. But both sides will be back in court on February 10th for another pre-trial hearing, where Castlen may rule on whether or not grant the change of venue motion.

Castlen has already raised the possibility of delaying the trial until November because of pre-trial publicity, and jury selection concerns.

Among the other motions filed Tuesday were requests related to the questions asked of potential jurors, a request to exclude all of the photos of Autry taken in the emergency room and during an autopsy.

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