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    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Warren County grand jury indicted
    two Scottsville men Wednesday for the murder of a Western Kentucky
    University student, who was set on fire in her dormitory room.
    Lucas B. Goodrum and Stephen B. Soules were each charged with
    murder and/or complicity to commit murder, first-degree rape and/or
    complicity to commit first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and/or
    complicity to commit first-degree sodomy and arson and/or
    complicity to commit arson, according to the indictment. Soules was
    also charged with robbery.
    Both men have been in the Warren County Regional Jail without
    bond since a preliminary hearing on May 21, when Warren County
    District Judge JoAnn Spinks Coleman sent the case to the grand
    jury.
    "I have sense of relief. I was concerned because the time was
    running out," said Virginia White, aunt of Melissa "Katie"
    Autry, who was found beaten, stabbed and raped on May 4.
    Prosecutors faced a July 20 deadline to seek an indictment. The
    12-member jury based its decision on evidence that did not include
    forensics testing.
    "This indictment speaks volumes," said Chris Cohron, assistant
    commonwealth's attorney.
    Goodrum's and Soules' lawyers did not immediately return calls
    Wednesday afternoon.
    Cohron said forensics testing is still being completed at a
    Kentucky State Police crime lab.
    Goodrum, 21, and Soules, 20, were arrested less than a week
    after the death of the 18-year-old freshman. Autry died May 7 at a
    hospital in Nashville, Tenn., where she was being treated for
    third- and fourth-degree burns. She died three days after she was
    pulled from her smoldering dorm room at Hugh Poland Hall.
    Both men could face the death penalty, Cohron said. Cohron said
    the state will make its decision as the case moves forward.
    At the preliminary hearing, a university police detective said
    Soules told authorities that he watched Goodrum - a high school
    friend - beat, rape and set Autry on fire. However, the detective
    noted that Soules, who was interviewed three times by police,
    "increased his involvement with each interview."
    Soules later told police he was having consensual sex with Autry
    when Goodrum entered Autry's dorm room and forced himself upon her.
    In a third interview, Soules said he had raped Autry and sprayed
    hairspray on her body, the detective said. Soules said Goodrum was
    the one who set Autry on fire, police say.
    Court documents show that the two men attended a fraternity
    party at the Pi Kappa Alpha house May 3, where friends say Autry,
    who had danced at a strip club, also spent time before the early
    morning fire.
    Goodrum and Soules remain in jail with no bond. An arraignment
    has not been set.

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