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Judge dismisses US referee murder case

Lois-GoodmanLOS ANGELES: A judge on Friday dismissed the case against a professional US tennis referee accused of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup.


Lois Goodman, 70, was arrested in New York in August, as she was preparing for the US Open, and charged with using a coffee cup to kill Alan Goodman, 80, last April.


She pleaded not guilty, and Friday's hearing was to decide if there was enough evidence for a trial -- but the judge dismissed the case, albeit "without prejudice," meaning charges could be filed in the future.


Goodman had told investigators that her husband died when he fell down the stairs on April 17 in their home at Woodland Hills, in suburban Los Angeles.


But police found blood in the bedroom, stairway and other places in the house with so signs of forced entry, prompting them to declare the death a homicide and issue an arrest warrant for Goodman.


Police said she "allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death with a coffee mug" and an affidavit said she also stabbed him with the mug. The complaint said she "personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit, coffee cup."


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