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Tennis referee murder case dismissed in Southern California

  • FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012, file photo, tennis umpire Lois Goodman looks on during a hearing in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom where she pleaded not guilty in the death of her husband. Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, have dropped the murder case against Goodman. A judge dismissed the case Friday without prejudice, meaning it could be brought back. The 70-year-old Goodman was accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband Alan to death with a coffee cup in April. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, File) NO FOREIGN USAGE; 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 — The arrest of an aging tennis referee in her husband's death was a shocker last summer. On Friday, the case took another surprise twist when prosecutors dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.

The case was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers after prosecutors said they received additional information and were unable to proceed.

"I feel I'm being treated fairly now. It was just a terrible accident," Goodman, 70, said outside court.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons declined to elaborate on the new information that led to the dismissal.

However, 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


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