Judge to Decide Soon on Bond for Goodrum

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Warren Circuit Court Judge Joseph Huddleston will decide early next week whether or not to set bond for one of the men accused of the rape and murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room May 4, 2003.

Scottsville native Lucas Goodrum, 22, has been in jail since his arrest on May 11th of 2003. Judge Huddleston heard testimony from 2 detectives who have handled the investigation from the beginning. Goodrum's attorney, David Broderick, told the Judge that prosecutors have no physical evidence tying his client to the murder scene.

Prosecutors agreed that there is no physical evidence from the 100's of articles recovered from the room directly linking Goodrum to the scene, but say they expected that result because of the massive fire and water damage the room sustained.

Broderick says his client's right to a speedy trial is being violated, and that Goodrum should be released "to allow him to lead some semblance of a normal life" and help his own defense. Prosecutors have repeatedly charged that Goodrum is a flight risk because of his family's financial wealth.

Judge Huddleston will view more than 6 hours of videotaped statements from Soules, Goodrum, and 2 cellmates of Goodrum before making his ruling early next week.

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