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Tennis umpire accused of killing husband [Video discussion]

August 29, 2012 |  1:20 pm

U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman told police in April that she came home and found her 80-year-old husband dead in bed. When a coroner's investigator at the funeral home noticed a deep wound in Alan Goodman's head, authorities began to investigate the death as a homicide.

Now, the tennis umpire is being accused of stabbing Alan Goodman to death with a broken coffee mug.

Times reporter Richard Winton will join City Editor Shelby Grad at 1:30 p.m. PST to discuss the latest on the case. We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or on The Times’ Facebook and Google+ pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.

Prosecutors offered the new details in court Wednesday as Lois Goodman pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Commissioner Mitchell Block reduced her bail from $1 million to $500,000, citing her age, lack of criminal record and ties to the community. If she is released from custody, Block ordered Goodman to remain on home electronic monitoring.

Her attorney, Alison Triessl, has said that Goodman is too weak and physically incapable of committing the crime. She noted in a court motion that Goodman has two bad knees, a replaced left shoulder, a torn rotator cuff, rheumatoid arthritis and "back pain that requires pain-blocking sent from an implanted device."

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-- Richard Winton

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