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Kentucky Teen Accuses Man of Assault

May 15, 2003

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ A 21-year-old man was accused of assault by a teenage girl hours before he allegedly raped and murdered a college freshman in a dorm fire, according to a police record.

The complaint shows that the 17-year-old called police late May 3 to say that Lucas Goodrum had hit her twice in the face with a cellular telephone at his apartment and then ``held her down in her car and would not let her leave.″

Officers told the girl that because she was a minor, court officials would not issue an arrest warrant without a parent’s signature, said Scottsville police Chief Julian Tabor. No warrant was issued, he said.

Hours later, before dawn May 4, a fire broke out in a dorm room at Western Kentucky University. Eighteen-year-old Katie Autry was found inside, burned, beaten and raped. She died three days later.

Goodrum was arrested Sunday and charged with murder in that case. Scottsville police had no other records on Goodrum.

It was unclear how Goodrum knew either teenager.

Another Scottsville man, Stephen Soules, 20, was arrested late Monday and also charged with killing Autry. An affidavit said Soules watched as Goodrum beat Autry and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

A judge entered innocent pleas for both men, who are being held on $1 million cash bond each. A preliminary hearing was set for Monday.

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