Frankfort, KY – Defense attorneys for Lucas Goodrum have filed new motions with the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
One would prohibit judge Thomas Castlen from holding Goodrum's capital murder trial in Owensboro. The attorneys also asked the higher court to delay the start of the trial until November. The court will take up the new motions Friday.
On Monday, Castlen denied a defense motion to move the trial to Jefferson County. He told attorneys for both sides the trial would start in Daviess Circuit Court on March 1st.
Earlier this month, judge Castlen granted a defense motion to move the trial out of Bowling Green because of pre-trial publicity. Castlen, serving as a special judge in the case, moved the trial to his own courtroom.
Goodrum is accused of raping and setting fire to 18 year old WKU freshman Katie Autry in May 2003. She died three days later.