Murder case dropped against tennis referee
LOS ANGELES -- The arrest of a tennis referee before a match at the U.S. Open in connection with her husband's death was a shocker last summer. Friday, the story took another surprise twist: the district attorney's office dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.
Prosecutors said they received additional information, which they declined to describe, and were unable to proceed because of insufficient evidence.
"I feel I'm being treated fairly now. It was just a terrible accident," Goodman, 70, said outside court.
Goodman has refereed matches between some of the greatest tennis players in the world. She was arrested by Los Angeles police in New York in August as she arrived to be a line judge at the U.S. Open.
Defense attorney Alison Triessl said she believed private polygraph tests conducted by a former FBI polygraph examiner were pivotal in proving that Goodman did not kill her husband of 50 years. The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be refiled. But Triessl believes it's over.
"We're elated," Triessl said.
Goodman had been accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee cup. Her lawyers suggested Alan Goodman died in an accidental fall. Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden examined the coroner's evidence in the case and found that Alan Goodman died of a heart attack, not from any injuries.
"I definitely want to get back to refereeing," Lois Goodman said Friday.