Goodrum to Remain Behind Bars

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

One of the men accused of raping and murdering WKU freshman Katie Autry has been denied in his request for bond. David Broderick, attorney for 22-year-old Scottsville native Lucas Goodrum has repeatedly asked 3 different judges to set bond, and all have refused.

The latest denial came Friday morning when special Judge Joseph Huddleston denied Broderick's request that his client be released from the Warren Co. Detention Center. Broderick argued that his client has been incarcerated since his June indictment, with no firm trial date yet set.

Broderick said Goodrum's right to a speedy trial has been impeded, and that he believed the Commonwealth did not have any evidence against Goodrum other than the statement of his co-defendant, Stephen Soules.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Kohron countered that there is substantial evidence to continue holding Goodrum. Kohron said the pace of the legal proceedings in the case are moving at near-record speed for a death penalty case.

The Commonwealth also argued they believe Goodrum to be a flight risk because of his family's wealth. "No matter what multitude of restrictions the court might place on him, if he's released, we believe it's very likely we will never see him again," Kohron said.

In denying the motion for bond, Judge Huddleston said he is concerned over the speedy trial issue, and plans to set a trial date at a pretrial conference hearing in February.

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