For the first time since a judge denied bond for Lucas Goodrum, Donna Dugas, Goodrum's mom is speaking out about her son's case.
In an interview with WBKO, Ms. Dugas, who now lives in Aubrey, Texas with her husband, says her son's rights are being violated. Dugas says Goodrum's nine-month stay behind bars is wearing on him and the entire family. She refutes claims made by prosecutors that Goodrum is a potential flight risk.
"He and his family are willing to do whatever necessary to ensure that he appear in court as required, and holding him without bond is an injustice," Dugas says. "Not only is he presumed innocent, but we know he's innocent which makes it even more wrong to hold him."
When asked if she thinks her son could be capable of the rape and murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry, the crime he and co-defendant Stephen Soules are charged with, she said "No way possible."
"There's ample evidence to show Lucas Goodrum raped, sodomized, murdered, and set on fire Katie Autry. The inconvenience of him waiting in jail is of minimal concern to us," said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Chris Cohron.
Goodrum's attorneys have appealed the denial of bond, and the Court of Appeals is expected to rule within 30 days of receiving a response from the Commonwealth Attorney's office.
Soules' attorneys have not recently asked for a judge to set bond. Soules will be tried first; a firm trial date for both cases will be set at a pretrial hearing on March 15. Prosecutors say they don't believe Soules trial will get underway any earlier than late summer.
In the meantime, Ms. Dugas says she calls Goodrum on a daily basis, and visits him about every 2-3 weeks.
"It's permanently affected all of our lives," Dugas said.