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Tennis referee pleads not guilty to murder in L.A.

  • U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman pleads not guilty in a Van Nuys courtroom to the charge of murder, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Prosecutors content that Goodman stabbed her 80-year-old husband 10 times with a broken coffee mug and left him to die, in April. Commissioner Mitchell Block reduced Goodman's 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. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib) NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT

LOS ANGELES — A professional tennis referee beat her elderly husband to death with a coffee cup and used the broken handle to repeatedly stab him before judging a tennis match and getting a manicure, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

The actions of Lois Ann Goodman showed premeditation and a lack of remorse, Deputy District Attorney Sharon Ransom said while urging a judge to keep her bail at $1 million.

After considering defense arguments, Superior Court Commissioner Mitchell Block reduced bail to $500,000 for the 70-year-old defendant and allowed home confinement with electronic monitoring after bail is posted.

In making the ruling, Block said he considered her close ties to the community, her age and lack of a criminal record.

About two dozen supporters filled the Van Nuys courtroom as Goodman pleaded not guilty to murdering her 80-year-old husband.


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