Tennis umpire carefully planned out killing of husband, D.A. says
Two decidedly different portraits emerged Wednesday of the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband and trying to pass it off as an accident.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom accused Lois Goodman of planning the killing, but did not lay out any evidence to support that claim. She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an “improvised knife,” stabbing her husband 10 times.
As prosecutors detailed the alleged crime, Lois Goodman wept and looked at her family, many of whom had filed character references with the court. She pleaded not guilty.
Her supporters portrayed Goodman as a loving, caring woman who cared for her aging husband and “didn’t have a violent bone in her body.”
A 38-year-old nephew of Lois and Alan Goodman called his aunt “one of the sweetest, generous and kindest persons that I know.”
“When I found out that she had been accused of the allegations like murdering my Uncle, it's just ridiculous,” Garrick Moskowitz wrote.
Another letter, signed by Alan Goodman's brother, sister-in-law and nephew, described Lois Goodman as someone who always cared for her husband.
“Lois was always solicitous of Alan's needs as his medical condition deteriorated,” Jay, Evelyn and Stuart Goodman wrote. “A few years ago, Alan was in an auto accident; Lois was in Ojai, umpiring a tennis tournament .... She immediately wanted to make arrangements to come home and take care of him.”
James F. Flood, past president of the Southern California Tennis Umpires Assn., wrote that he had known Goodman and her husband for more than 20 years and that she did “not have a violent bone in her body.”
“Her character screams love, caring and generosity!” Flood wrote. “It is my absolute belief that nowhere in her character can one find the capacity for her to do what she is accused of.”
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