Bowling Green, KY – Judge Tom Lewis indicated today that the first of the
two men charged in the Katie Autry murder case will
go to trial next summer. Judge Lewis scheduled a
pre-trial hearing for February 18th.
Defense attorney Zack Kafoglis, who had represented
defendant Stephen Soules, officially withdrew from the
case. Kafoglis says that step was necessary for his
client to receive the help of the Public Advocacy Office.
Attorney David Broderick, who represents defendant
Lucas Goodrum, asked the judge to consider bond
for his client. Broderick argues that it is unfair for
Goodrum to wait for a year and a half to be tried in
the case. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Chris Cohron counters that 18 months is a relatively
short amount of time for a death penalty case to
come to trial.
Goodrum and Soules are charged with arson, rape, and
murder in connection with the May death of Western Kentucky
University student Katie Autry.