Lois Goodman: "I Don't Think They Had Anyone Else to Blame" in Husband's Death

Three days after prosecutors said they were unable to proceed with a murder case aginst the tennis official, Lois Goodman talked about the accusations

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 6:59 PM PDT
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Charges Dropped But Case Still Open Against Tennis Ref

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Charges Dropped But Case Still Open Against Tennis Ref

In a surprise motion, prosecutors on Friday dropped murder charges against tennis umpire Lois Goodman Friday. But the motion for dismissal comes without prejudice, meaning it can be tried again. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the LAPD still consider the case open. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Sherman Oaks for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2012.
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A professional tennis official accused of killing her husband with a broken coffee mug said she was "always there for him" and cannot understand why she was charged in his death.

Three months after her arrest, prosecutors said Friday that they were unable to proceed with the case against Lois Goodman. The case was dismissed and Goodman's electronic monitoring ankle bracelet was removed.

"I walk around shaking my head, 'No,'" Goodman, 70, told TODAY Show Monday. "I can't understand how it even got that far."

Goodman was accused of stabbing her husband of 50 years, Alan Goodman, with a broken coffee mug after using it to strike him. His body was found at the couple's Woodland Hills home April 17.

Officers ruled the death suspicious because they initially couldn’t determine if foul play was involved, according to an LAPD press release. The death was later ruled a homicide -- Goodman was arrested Aug. 21 in New York, where she was preparing to work as a line judge at the U.S. Open.

But a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said Friday authorities were "unable to proceed with the case at this time." Goodman's attorney, Robert Sheahen, was asked Monday about that wording and whether he believes there are lingering suspicions about her involvement.

"None. Zero," he said.

Goodman was asked why she believes the charges were filed.

"I'm the spouse, and I don't think they had anyone else blame, so they came after me," she said. "I loved him very much, and I was devoted to him. I took care of him, and he depended on me. I was always there, and worked full time at the same time. I was always running and doing for him."

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement Friday afternoon that the case remained open.

As for her reputation as a top-tier tennis official, Goodman said: "I don't think I ever lost it. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing my friends."
 

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