Prosecutors said they had good evidence that a Woodland Hills tennis umpire known for her work at the U.S. Open beat her husband to death with a coffee cup.
Steadfastly maintaining her innocence, 70-year-old Lois Ann Goodman said he simply fell and hit his head before he crawled into bed and died.
Citing new evidence today, the L.A. County District Attorney dropped the case …
… for now.
The news was first reported this morning by KNX 1070 Newsradio.
Dropping a murder case is a huge and rare score for a defendant and could indicate that maybe she was right all along. Or not.
Her 80-year-old husband died April 17. She was arrested Aug. 21 in New York after travelling there to work at the Open.
Her attorneys claimed she passed a lie-detector test.
According to City News Service the death went pretty much unnoticed until three days afterward, on April 20:
It was at Heritage Crematory on April 20 that a coroner's investigator who had been sent to sign the death certificate noted multiple cuts on Alan Goodman's head and ears — observations that resulted in a homicide investigation, officials said.
D.A.'s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons indicated that this might not be over:
Because there is an ongoing police and district attorney's investigation, we will not make any further statements that might compromise that investigation.
Prosecutors still have the option of refiling the case.