In mid-March, 1930, Alberta Beard, age 29, died at the office of Dr. Davis E. Lucas from an abortion performed there that day. Lucas was arrested ten days later, on recommendation of the coroner. Lucas was indicted for felony murder in Alberta's death in August.

Born June 21, 1866, Lucas was the son of John and Elvina (McGary) Lucas and the husband of Ethel Lucas. He died on April 10, 1944