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Tennis umpire accused of killing husband is free on $500,000 bail

September 4, 2012 |  9:52 am


Tennis umpire Lois Goodman, charged with bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup, has been released on bail, and her daughter is characterizing the allegations as "completely ridiculous."

The 70-year-old umpire had been in custody since her arrest Aug. 21 in New York, where she had been scheduled to work as a line judge at the U.S. Open. She was released from a Los Angeles jail Sunday in lieu of $500,000 bail.

She is accused of hitting Alan Frederick Goodman, 80, with a coffee mug and stabbing him with the broken shards before leaving him to die while she went to a tennis match and manicure.

Lois Goodman, who has pleaded not guilty, is under electronic monitoring at her Woodland Hills townhome.

In an interview with "Good Morning America," the Goodmans' daughter defended her mother.

"I have never seen them fight," Allison Rogers said. "They were a wonderful, loving couple. They were happily married. And we were a happy family. This is just completely ridiculous.

"When I visited her and saw her for the first time, she was just like, 'Why? I did everything they asked,' " Rogers continued. "'I told them what I know. Why am I here?'"

Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom last week accused Lois Goodman of meticulously planning the killing in advance, but Ransom did not lay out any evidence to support the contention.

She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an "improvised knife," stabbing her husband 10 times.

Goodman's attorney, Alison Triessl, said that given Goodman's physical state, there is no way she could have killed anyone. In court papers, Triessl said her client 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." She also questioned the integrity of the crime scene.

Officials did not initially suspect Alan Goodman was the victim of a homicide. A detective released his body to a mortuary for burial. A search warrant executed four days after his death turned up bloodstains on carpets, the refrigerator door and inside a linen closet that officials said were inconsistent with an accidental death.


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Photo: Attorney Alison Triessl with Lois Goodman in court. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press