Goodrum Trial Begins

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

After 22 months, the trial of the man accused of killing WKU freshman Katie Autry is underway in Owensboro.

Jury selection for the death penalty trial of Lucas Goodrum began this morning with individual questioning of 120 potential jurors.

Judge Tom Castlen and attorneys for both sides asked jurors whether or not they could administer the death penalty if Goodrum is convicted, and how much they had already heard about the case through the media.

Goodrum is accused of raping and murdering Autry in her dorm room in May of 2003. Family members from both sides of the case say they're anxious to begin the trial.

"He's ready, he wants the truth to come out to where everybody knows that he's innocent," Goodrum's mother, Donna Dugas, said.

"We're ready for justice to be done, we've waited 22 months for it. It's very nerve-wracking," said Virginia White, Autry's aunt.

Jurors will be questioned individually through Thursday,then return as a group on Monday, when the final panel of 16 will be chosen.

Opening arguments in the trial could begin as soon as Monday afternoon.


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