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Goodrum Takes Stand In His Defense In Western Murder Case

(OWENSBORO, Ky.) -- Attorneys for a Scottsville man charged with murdering a Western Kentucky University student finished presenting witnesses on Thursday.

Special Judge Thomas O. Castlen told jurors that closing arguments in the trial of Lucas Goodrum will be Monday and deliberations could begin before noon that day. Jurors won't have to report on Friday, Castlen said.

Goodrum, 23, is charged with murder, rape, sodomy and arson in Katie Autry's death. The 18-year-old died in a hospital three days after the attack in May 2003.

Goodrum testified Wednesday, telling jurors he was not at the woman's dormitory when the attack occurred but instead was going to see his parents about 30 miles away.

Goodrum said he didn't know Autry and had only met her briefly at a fraternity party earlier in the evening.

Goodrum laid out a timeline that put him on the way to his parents' house about the time Autry was attacked. The fire alarm in Autry's room went off at 4:08 a.m. on May 4, 2003.

Goodrum said he left Bowling Green and stopped at a Citgo station around 3 a.m. that morning and bought gas for his car and a soft drink.

The cash register's receipts show the purchase of a soft drink and $4 in gas between 2:40 a.m. and 3 a.m. on May 4, 2003, general manager Teresa Gilmer testified Wednesday.

After being questioned by prosecutors, Gilmer said it is impossible to know who made the purchase.

"It just says what products were sold to someone," Gilmer said.

Goodrum said he arrived at his father's home in Scottsville around 3 a.m. After talking to his father, Goodrum said he fell asleep in his car.

"He had been on my case, so I didn't want to stay there, so I slept in my car," Goodrum said.

Goodrum said he returned to his apartment by about 7 a.m.

On Thursday, Castlen also dismissed a second attempt by Goodrum's attorney, David Broderick, to have the rape and arson charges thrown out. Broderick had previously asked Castlen to throw out the case, saying there was not enough evidence to sustain the charges.

Goodrum's roommate, Matt Hire, previously testified that Goodrum was at the apartment about 5 a.m. or 6 a.m.

Goodrum said he was taken for questioning by Kentucky State Police on May 10, 2003, and was "110 percent" truthful.

Goodrum's stepmother, Judy Goodrum, also testified Wednesday. She said her stepson visited his parents' house the morning Katie Autry was killed.

She told jurors that Lucas Goodrum did not appear drunk when he showed up at his father's house at about 3 a.m. on May 4, 2003.

"He just acted like Lucas. He wasn't upset or anything," Goodrum said.

She said her stepson had no marks or tears in his clothing.

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