An elderly black woman who had formerly worked as a Veterans Affairs nurse — 72-year-old Marietta Goodridge — was stabbed to death on January 16 at about 1:40 p.m.

LAPD officers discovered Goodridge dead in her home on the 4100 block of South Budlong Avenue, and immediately detained her son and his girlfriend for questioning, City News Service reported at the time.

One week later, the Los Angeles Times reported that police had found the female detainee to be responsible for the murder:

Annette Harris, who was an acquaintance of the victim's son, was arrested shortly afterward and was held on suspicion of murder. The motive for the killing remains unknown, officials said.

Harris, a 53-year-old black woman, allegedly stabbed Goodridge multiple times, as well dealt blows to her face: The L.A. County Coroner discovered both stab wounds and “blunt force trauma” when examining her body.

According to the Times, Goodridge lived with her son in the Vermont Square home where she was killed, located near Exposition Park in South L.A.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the LA Weekly's archive of all homicides within Los Angeles city limits was discontinued near the end of last year. As of April 4, we have been rolling out the 2011 homicides, one by one, and will continue until our “Murder was the Case” archive is up to date. Thanks for your patience.


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