In a ruling closely watched and long-awaited by both sides of the case, Special Judge Tom Castlen denied bond for Lucas Goodrum.
Goodrum, 23, is charged with the rape and murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry in her dorm room on May 3, 2003.
Goodrum's trial had been set to begin on Friday, but was delayed until March 2005 after prosecutors asked for a delay in June to conduct more tests on DNA samples taken from the defendant.
In a bond hearing on July 1, Goodrum's attorneys argued that Goodrum will have spent 21 months in jail if left behind bars until trial, and said that was a violation of his right to a speedy trial. Goodrum's mother, Donna Dugas, took the stand to testify about the possibility of arranging home incarceration for her son, and her ability to post a $1 million cash bond.
"We're willing to trust the judge and do whatever is necessary to get Lucas out; I know he's innocent," Dugas said at the time.
In a statement on the family's website (www.lucasisinnocent.com) today, however, Dugas says "After weeks of praying and hoping that Lucas would be released to his family with appropriate supervision, we learned today that the judge is denying bond. We are devastated and see this as a violation of Lucas' constitutional rights."
In his ruling, Judge Castlen said he considered the videotaped and written statement of several witnesses, including co-defendant Stephen Soules, before deciding that the Commonwealth had met its burden of proof to keep Goodrum locked up until trial.
A gag order prevents prosecutors or defense attorneys from commenting to the media. No word on whether the defense will appeal this latest bond denial to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.