CORRECTED-Prosecutors drop murder charges against U.S. Open tennis official

Reuters Middle East

(Corrects day of week to Friday in first paragraph)

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on

Friday dismissed murder charges against a 70-year-old

professional tennis official accused of killing her husband,

granting a request by prosecutors who said they were unable to

proceed with the case.

Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to discuss their

reasons for seeking a dismissal of the case against Lois Goodman

but prosecutors' spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said they had

received new information about the case.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that

charges could be re-filed against Goodman in the future.

"Because there is an ongoing police and district attorney's

investigation, we will not make any further statements that

might compromise that investigation," spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons

said in a written statement.

Goodman had been accused of killing her 80-year-old husband

in April by beating him with a coffee mug. She was charged in


Defense lawyers have argued that Alan Frederick Goodman's

death was an accident. They say that their client has passed a

lie detector test and that her DNA was not found on the mug.

Goodman is well known in tennis circles and had worked at

the annual U.S. Open Tennis Championships tournament for at

least the past 10 years, mainly as a line judge, according to

the U.S. Tennis Association.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Bill Trott and Eric


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