Saturday, May 17, 2003

No bond for 2 in WKU death



The Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Two men charged with murder in the death of a Western Kentucky University student have had their $1 million cash bonds revoked at the request of prosecutors.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Mike Pearson and Chris Cohron argued in a motion that Lucas B. Goodrum, 21, and Stephen L. Soules, 20, both of Scottsville, were "participants in not only the current charge of murder, but arson and rape as well."

The men were charged this week in the death of freshman Katie Autry, 18, of Pellville. Autry died May 7 after being severely burned three days earlier in a fire in her Western Kentucky dormitory room in Hugh Poland Hall.

Warren County District Judge Joann Spinks Coleman suspended the men's bond Thursday. The preliminary hearing for Goodrum and Soles has been moved to Wednesday, Pearson said Friday.

Pearson said the state can request the suspension of bail when the death penalty is a possibility in a case, and that "it was an appropriate time" to make the request.

Goodrum has ties to the family that founded Dollar General, a Fortune 500 company. After divorcing Goodrum's father, his mother - now Donna Dugas of Aubrey, Texas - married one of the grandsons of the late Cal Turner Sr., a Scottsville native who co-founded Dollar General with his father in 1939.

Pearson said the chance that the $1 million cash bonds could possibly be paid was not a factor in the state's decision to request the suspension of bail.

"We really figured if they were both willing and had the capacity, they would have already gotten him out," Pearson said.

Pearson said arson and rape charges "will be considered" in the case, but neither Goodrum nor Soules has been charged with anything but murder.




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