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Judge: DNA test for tennis umpire accused in coffee cup killing of husband

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Lawyers for Lois Goodman, the pro tennis umpire who pleaded not guilty to murder in an L.A. courtroom, lost a bid to block a DNA test.

Lois Ann Goodman, the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband by beating him to death with a coffee cup, will have to submit to a DNA test. Her lawyers lost a bid to block prosecutors from taking a sample.

Goodman, 70, who pleaded not guilty after her arrest last month, appeared in court with her lawyers Wednesday. She is free on bail and wearing an electronic monitoring device.

Attorneys for the defense say they will consider appealing. They argued it would be an impermissible intrusion to force her to give a saliva sample. A judge said it is permissible to take the sample provided it is done in a private setting.

Goodman, 70, was arrested in New York and flown to Los Angeles in late August. In April, police were summoned to a Woodland Hills home that she shared with Alan Goodman, her husband of nearly 50 years.

The suspect told police she had come home to find her husband dead. She said she thought that he had fallen down the stairs. A last minute check before cremation discovered multiple cuts to his body’s head and ears.

The tennis umpire had worn her dark blue tennis umpire uniform to previous court appearances.

Prosecutors previously argued that there is evidence of premeditated murder, and that Goodman tried to manipulate witnesses in the days after the incident by talking to them and trying to fashion an alibi.

Judge: DNA test for tennis umpire accused of killing husband with coffee cup


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